Trinity Among Nation's Most Wired Hospitals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 12, 2010
Contact: Mary Muhlbradt
(701) 857-5116, Fax: (701) 857-5683
mary.muhlbradt@trinityhealth.org

Trinity Among Nation's Most Wired Hospitals

For the second time since 2008, Trinity Hospitals has been named one of the nation's "Most Wired" health facilities.

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, lists Trinity along with 24 other U.S. hospitals in its "Most Wired – Small and Rural" category based on the magazine's recently published 2010 Most Wired Survey. Trinity is the only North Dakota hospital to make the Most Wired list.

Trinity Hospitals deployed an electronic health record in 2006 and has continued to build on its eCARE system, adding electronic entry of physician orders and connecting many rural health facilities to its online imaging and archiving system.

Trinity President and CEO John Kutch stated, "We're proud of this recognition, but the foremost reason we invest in technology is because of what it can do to help us provide high-quality, safe care for our patients and residents."

An analysis of Most Wired hospitals shows that the use of IT is associated with better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures.

"We have a remarkable team of people working hard every day to provide the best healthcare possible," Mr. Kutch added. "This award recognizes our values and culture as much as it does our technological achievements."