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Main Line Health Named “Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities”

Friday, July 31, 2009

(BRYN MAWR, Pa.)—Main Line Health (MLH) has been named among the “Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities by Health Imaging & IT Magazine” in its July 2009 edition.  

The Magazine identified the winners based on the percentage of facilities that were filmless, the percentage using digital procedures, the number of departments of facilities sending images to the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), and the ability of physicians and referring physicians to access those images. 

“During the past year, Main Line Health performed about 688,000 imaging procedures, which are stored in the PACS System,” said Karen Thomas, Chief Information Officer for Main Line Health. “Currently Cardiology, Radiology, Perinatology, and Neurodiagnostics send images to our systems to support our mission of being able to view ‘any image from any location at any time.’”

Thomas attributes MLH’s Imaging success to the close team effort between the hospitals’ departments, Biomedical Engineering and Information Systems to ensure support and enhance the patient care process.

This year’s Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities include health systems, academic medical centers, a cancer care center, two community hospitals and an imaging center, across 15 states. Main Line Health was one of three health organizations named in Pennsylvania.

According to Health Imaging & IT Magazine, the Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities share efficiencies across departments and locations that can reduce patient wait times, overall length of stay, the need for repeat exams and thus alleviate added radiation dose to the patient. The Top 25 can also handle increases in patient volume with little or no increase in personnel, and the greater workflow efficiencies and tightly monitored billing and collections schemas set the stage for faster reimbursement payments and improvements in customer satisfaction scores among inpatients, outpatients and staff.

For information and a listing of the Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities go to: http://top25.healthimaging.com

About Main Line Health
www.mainlinehealth.org
Main Line Health (MLH) is a non-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs.  Founded in 1985, MLH includes Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital; The Home Care Network; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research; Main Line HealthCare (physician network); Main Line Health Centers; Main Line Health Laboratories; Mid County Senior Services; and Mirmont Treatment Center. The mission of Main Line Health is to provide a comprehensive range of safe, high quality health services, complemented by related education and research activities that meet the healthcare needs and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Main Line Health is part of Jefferson Health System (JHS), founded in 1996, whose members also include Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Magee Rehab.

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