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Virginia Mason named a ‘Most Wired’ health system for fourth straight year

Virginia Mason has been named one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the nation for the fourth consecutive year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association.

The 17th annual Most Wired Award, announced in the magazine’s July edition, recognizes organizations that are leaders in leveraging information technology (IT) for clinical decision support, safety and the overall patient experience.

“This recognition is a testament to the pursuit of excellence that distinguishes teams across our organization supporting IT solutions that improve the overall patient experience,” said Bill Poppy, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Virginia Mason.

Virginia Mason achievements with clinical information technology include a computerized physician order entry system, an integrated inpatient and outpatient electronic health record, a barcode system to mistake-proof medication administration, electronic imaging of paper records and a secure Web portal called My Virginia Mason, for which 110,000 individuals have enrolled to date. Using this 24-hour online resource, patients can view lab results, renew prescriptions and access a summary of their medications, allergies, immunizations and medical issues.

Virginia Mason has been on the Most Wired list since 2012.