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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Ranked Among Top 15 by Health Imaging & It in Digital Image and Information Management

UPMC Chosen Based On Digital Imaging Capabilities And IT Connectivity

PITTSBURGH, October 18, 2004 The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been ranked among the top 15 by Health Imaging & IT magazine in its annual list of connect health care facilities. It is the only institution in the region to be named to the list.

UPMC is honored to be named one of the top 15 Connected Healthcare Facilities who have demonstrated excellence in implementing digital image and information management strategies, said Dan Drawbaugh, chief information officer (CIO) at UPMC. UPMC has made significant investments in innovative technology solutions to continually improve the quality of patient care.

The Top 15 Connected Healthcare Facilities include some of the largest and most prestigious academic medical centers in the country, which exemplify a dedication to implementing information technology (IT) to maximize patient care.

This ranking is a recognition of UPMC as one of the leading institutions in the country in the field of medical digital imaging management. Most importantly, this has positively impacted patient care efficiency, accuracy and quality by allowing immediate and cost effective access to medical images throughout UPMC, said Paul J. Chang, M.D., director, radiology informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Much of the credit for this accomplishment belongs to the many hard working and demanding health care providers at UPMC who taught us that medical software must be optimized to the needs of the users, not the other way around.

Other awardees this year include Brigham & Womens/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, among others.

Radiology imaging is a critical component of the UPMC electronic medical record and we continue to invest in state-of-the-art initiatives to eliminate film and improve workflow efficiency, as well as link health care decision-makers and caregivers through the health system, said Duane Falk, client services manager for clinical systems in UPMCs Information Services Division. This recognition highlights UPMCs dedication to the use of information technology to benefit clinicians and patients.

The nominations for this years survey came from an online database of more than 13,000 healthcare business and clinical professionals, including radiologists, cardiologists, chief information officers, IT managers and directors, PACS administrators and radiology directors and administrators.

For more details on each facility and a more in-depth look at the results, see the October issue of Health Imaging & IT magazine, or visit www.healthimaging.com.

About UPMC

UPMC is investing $500 million in secure information technology to link and manage the system, its centerpiece being the development of an electronic health record. It is the largest integrated health care delivery system in Pennsylvania and one of the leading nonprofit medical centers in the country. With 39,000-employees it is the largest employer in western Pennsylvania. More than 4,000 physicians have privileges at UPMC hospitals including about 1,950 employed physicians. UPMC spans the full spectrum of health care delivery with its network of 19 tertiary, specialty and community hospitals and 400 outpatient sites and physician offices. It operates the largest trauma center in Pennsylvania with more than 409,000 emergency department visits. With more than 4,000 licensed beds, UPMC has 174,000 admissions per year and 3 million outpatient visits. It is the largest provider of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing options in the region with 14 freestanding retirement and long-term care facilities. In addition, UPMC runs a rehabilitation network of more than 50 hospital and outpatient facilities.

Through its diversified services division, UPMC also offers in-home services, a mail-order pharmacy, durable medical devices, technology transfer ventures and international health care initiatives including a hospital in Palermo, Sicily.

About Health Imaging & IT magazine

Health Imaging & IT is published monthly by TriMed Media Group, based in Providence, R.I. Health Imaging & IT is the one magazine connecting images and information across the health care enterprise. Health Imaging & IT is circulated to more than 25,000 readers each month, including physicians and administrators in radiology, cardiology and radiation oncology and health care IT professionals such as CIOs and PACS administrators, as well as hospital administrators such as COOs, CEOs and CFOs. TriMed is a leading publisher focused on medical imaging and health care information technology, including a monthly magazine, electronic weekly newsletter and an annual buyers guide.

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