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Released: September 21, 2009
As if being selected as a CIO 100 recipient wasn't enough, The Chester County Hospital was awarded an additional recognition - one of CIO Magazine's coveted Plus One Awards.
In June, CIO magazine notified Ray Hess, Vice President of IT for The Chester County Hospital, that it selected the Hospital to be on its 2009 CIO 100 list, meaning that it exemplified the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). In August, Hess represented the Hospital at the magazine's CIO 100 Symposium and Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A team of judges reviewed all the applications for the award in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results, and selected the top 100 from the pool of prospects. The Chester County Hospital and its IT Department felt honored to be on the list.
The Hospital was chosen because it uses IT as a critical pathway to identify, track and alert clinical staff to potential MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) patients. Using IT as a communication and clinical monitoring tool has decreased the number of hospital-acquired infections, thereby containing infection and improving the safety for all its patients.
Hess says, "There is a large pool of evidence that shows how the proper use of technology improves patient safety and care. The Chester County Hospital is leading the way in implementing the technology that is needed to make this a reality for the residents of Chester County." This inventive use of technology caught the attention of the CIO judges and magazine editorial staff, and they surprised Hess with a second award the night of the ceremony.
According to Cress O'Brien of CIO, "All of our CIO 100 honorees are also eligible for an additional honor called the CIO 100 Plus One Awards. These five additional awards recognize outstanding achievement in certain categories - Customer Impact; Financial Impact; Operational Impact; Social Impact; and Strategic Impact/Competitive Advantage - as compared to the other winners in that category."
The CIO magazine editorial staff selected The Chester County Hospital for one of the five Plus One awards winning in the Social Impact category. On its application, Hess identified one of the Hospital's IT goals as having "social impact," meaning its IT decisions should make improvements to education, health, safety or the environment.
Hess says, "The two main points they made at the awards ceremony were the impact on patient safety and the workload burden that was taken off the staff because of the IT automation."
Because of this technology strategy, the Hospital has reduced the rate of hospital-acquired MRSA infections by 60% over previous years. In addition, the IT-driven alert solution triggers an automated paging and telephone system as potential MRSA patients are admitted, thereby eliminating the time burden on the busy nursing staff to personally alert various departments and clinical leaders of potential infectious cases. The IT system has been enhanced to cover other antibiotic-resistant organisms presenting at The Chester County Hospital, thus protecting additional patients at the Hospital as well.
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Pictured: Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO magazine & Events and Ray Hess, Vice President of IT, The Chester County Hospital.
Last Updated: 12/6/2010