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4NearlytwodecadesagoConcordHospitalsleadershiprecognizedthatharnessingmedicalinformationandmakingitavailableelectronicallytocaregiversandpatientswouldhelpprovidebetterandsafercare.AllHospitaldepartmentsembracedtheapproachdevelopinganentirestaffthatisengagedinusingthetechnologywithonegoalimprovingthequalityandsafetyofpatientcare.TodayConcordHospitalisrecognizednationallyasaleaderinusinginformationtechnologytohelpkeeppacewithstrikingchangesinhealthcareadministrationandmedicaltreatmentaspatientsfacemorecomplexillnessesandmoreintricatetreatmentoptions.InformationtechnologyisingrainedineveryHospitaldepartmentbutforemostitensuresthesafetyofpatientsinallaspectsoftheirHospitalstayfromalertingnurseswhenpatientsunexpectedlyleavetheirbedstoalertingdoctorsifacontemplatedprescriptionmaycauseaseriousreaction.AtConcordHospitalinformationtechnologyisnotacomputerthathelpssavetimeandmoneyitsacomplexsystemthathelpssavelives.InformationTechnology2002-2013ConcordHospitalhasreceivedMostWiredrecognitionfor12consecutiveyears.MostWiredisanationalprogramwhichrecognizeshospitalswhoseuseofinformationtechnologyexcelsinfourcategoriesclinicalqualityandsafetyclinicalintegrationbusinessandadministrativemanagementandinfrastructure.ConcordHospitalisamongvepercentofthe6000hospitalsintheUnitedStatesthatconsistentlyachievethisrecognition.2010ConcordHospitalearnedtophonorsinanationalcompetitionforusinginformationtechnologytoachievesignicantimprovementsincaringforhospitalizedpatientswithdiabetesbyreducingvariationsintheircare.ThecompetitionsponsoredbyMcKessonCorp.showcasedachievementshospitalshavemadeinpatientsafetyandcareprocessesthroughtheuseofComputerizedProviderOrderEntry.201320054571INCREASEDPARTICIPATIONHavingremindersbuiltintotheElectronicHealthRecordofpatientsaged50-75helpedtodramaticallyincreasethenumberofpatientsreceivingcolorectalscreeningteststhatcouldultimatelyhelpsavetheirlives.The2013MostWiredSurveyisconductedincooperationwithMcKessonCorp.ATTtheCollegeofHealthcareInformationManagementExecutivesandtheAmericanHospitalAssociation.ADVANCESSPECIALISSUE2013