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UAHS among Most Wired health systems in nation

Posted on: 07/06/2016

Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS) representing member hospitals Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital, has been named to the nation’s list of Most Wired® hospitals and health systems by the American Hospital Association’s Health Care Forum.

The recognition is the result of the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, which is an industry-standard benchmark study examining how organizations leverage information technology to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

UAHS is the only health provider in Western New York and one of only two providers in Northwestern Pennsylvania to be named Most Wired™.

Health Care’s Most Wired® survey was conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016. The results and the list of Health Care’s Most Wired® hospitals and health system is published in the July, 2016 issue of Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, represents an estimated 2,146 hospitals, more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.

“We are extremely pleased to be named to the list of the nation’s Most Wired® hospitals and health systems,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. “We know full well the impact information technology (IT) can have on improving patient safety. I am proud of the effort of our employees and physicians in bringing us a level of IT implementation that is nationally recognized,” Finan said.

“Our organization has worked hard to leverage IT and redefine the way we provide care to our communities, including implementation of the electronic health record, computerized order entry for physicians, digital clinical imaging, introduction of a patient portal and much more,” said Jason Yaworsky, senior vice president and Chief Information Officer at UAHS. “As we move forward we’ll see continual growth in the use of IT applications in every aspect of healthcare to benefit patient care, the patient experience and performance improvement. We’re grateful to be recognized for our efforts,” Yaworsky said.

“Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of Hospitals and Health System Networks. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.

About UAHS: Formed in 2009, Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), is the parent organization of Bradford Regional Medical Center (Bradford, PA) and Olean General Hospital (Olean, NY). The creation of Upper Allegheny Health System has significantly enhanced the ability of both Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital to respond to the challenges of today's healthcare environment through increased scale and support. The hospitals are vitally important to the quality of life in the region. UAHS ensures that both Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are best positioned to honor their missions of care and service to the residents of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York.

About the American Hospital Association: The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com

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