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For release: July 9, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General named 2014 Most Wired
Most Wired hospitals connect providers and patients

Akron General Health System was named as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, based on the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, which is an industry-standard benchmark study.

As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to the survey.

“Innovation, like electronic health records and connecting physician office electronic medical records with the Ohio health information exchange, or implementing mobile telemedicine technology, is the hallmark of our information technology efforts at Akron General,” according to Brian F. Keaton, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer for Akron General Health System.

“This major recognition reflects the vision and dedication of our Information Systems staff and our clinicians,” says Dave Fiser, MBA, Vice President and Chief Information Office for Akron General Health System.

Akron General is a leader in providing wireless Internet technology to speed the flow of information for physicians and patients. Akron General offers:

  • Electronic health record technology to enhance the patient care experience through computerized physician order entry, electronic charting, bar code medication administration, emergency department information system, patient personal health record and secured messaging.
  • A Physician Portal to provide clinicians secured access to clinical applications, images and real-time results from virtually any location (hospital campus, physician office or home).
  • The latest mobile patient electronic medical record technology so Akron General Visiting Nurse Service nurses can chart in real-time in patient homes via cellular access.

The July Hospitals & Health Networks cover story detailing the results of the 2014 Most Wired Survey is available at

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