Banner Health named one of Top 25 Connected Hospitals for second time
PHOENIX (Aug. 3, 2011) — Health Imaging and IT magazine has recognized nonprofit Banner Health as being one of the Top 25 Connected facilities in the country -- for the second year in a row.
The industry magazine cited Banner Health for its streamlined image transfer process for trauma patients who are referred from rural hospitals. The process relies on a cloud-based image transfer system and allows physicians at both the rural facility and Phoenix-based hospital Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center to view and share images.
Since launching the system, transfer patients have not had to be rescanned and trauma surgeons have had a shorter image-discovery times.
Last year, Banner Health was recognized for its systemwide implementation of electronic medical records and computerized provider-order entry systems and advances in radiology.
Banner Health has invested heavily into its Care Transformation strategy, which is distinguished by an enhanced suite of electronic medical records, computerized provider order entry and patient identification. By the end of this summer, all Banner hospitals will have electronic medical record systems in place.
In ranking facilities, magazine editors looked at how well the facility has integrated electronic medical records, its use of health information exchanges and the number of physicians and referring physicians with remote access to clinical images and patient data. They also looked at the number and breadth of clinical IT systems deployed.
About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. To learn more about Banner Health, go to www.bannerhealth.com.
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