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For release: July 9, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, amy.kilgore@akrongeneral.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, kelly.wardsmith@akrongeneral.org

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 www.hhnmag.com.


About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.



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