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UPMC Ranks 5th in InformationWeek 500 List of Innovative Technology Users and Wins Healthcare Innovation Award

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16, 2010 – . The global health enterprise also was honored with the Healthcare Innovation Award for creating a system that allows radiologists and physicians to access imaging studies from across UPMC to better care for patients.

Widely regarded as one of health care’s most sophisticated users of technology, UPMC rose from No. 9 last year and has made the list for nine consecutive years, joining such well-known companies as Vanguard Group, Merck and Colgate-Palmolive. The honorees were announced Sept. 14 during the InformationWeek500 Conference in Dana Point, Calif., and are featured on InformationWeek.com.

“We are humbled to be counted among the best of the best in the InformationWeek 500, with recognized technology leaders from across all industries. The collaboration of our doctors, nurses, clinicians and information technology professionals is the key to the continuing innovation that underlies our excellent patient care,” said UPMC Chief Information Officer Dan Drawbaugh.

As one example of UPMC’s cutting-edge technology performance, InformationWeek focused on the health system’s development of a standards-based platform called SingleView for providing radiologists and other clinicians with a unified view of  a patient’s imaging studies from across UPMC’s 20 hospitals and 30 imaging centers. The technology is improving patient care and safety, reducing unnecessary tests and streamlining the work of clinicians. “We are creating a truly patient-centric electronic health record, focused on the holistic treatment of each person,” noted Rasu Shrestha, M.D., medical director, interoperability and imaging informatics, and one of the chief architects of SingleView.

“For 22 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor in Chief Rob Preston. “As we start to emerge from the worst recession in decades, the IT focus is now on driving growth—new sources of revenue, new relationships with customers, even new business models. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those companies and business technology executives leading that charge.”

UPMC has long been recognized as a leader in using technology to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. It has been named one of the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems in the United States by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association, for 12 consecutive years. It also was recently named one of the Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities byHealth Imaging & IT.

Follow this link to see the full InformationWeek 500 list.

About UPMC

UPMC is an $8 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh and is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. As western Pennsylvania‘s largest employer, with almost 50,000 employees, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research, and technology. By integrating 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, long-term care facilities, and a major health insurance services division, and in collaboration with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC has advanced the quality and efficiency of health care and developed internationally renowned programs in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics and sports medicine, among others. UPMC is commercializing its medical and technological expertise by nurturing new companies, developing strategic business relationships with some of the world‘s leading multinational corporations, and expanding into international markets, including Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Japan. For more information about UPMC, visit our website at www.UPMC.com.

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