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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 Main Line Health’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: top25.healthimaging.com

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health Hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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Cell: 484-222-9154
therriaultb@mlhs.org

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