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Florida Hospitals in tri-county area receive 2018 Most Wired award

ORLANDO, Fla., November 9, 2018 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has named Adventist Health System (AHS), which includes Florida Hospitals in the tri-county area – Altamonte, Apopka, Celebration, East Orlando, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park and Florida Hospital for Children – recipients of its 2018 Most Wired award, based on the results of HealthCare’s Most Wired survey. The award, in its 20th year, identifies and recognizes health care organizations that exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation and use of information technology.

“We are honored to be named a Most Wired hospital system,” said Florida Hospital Chief Information Officer Carlos Escobar. “Investing in the latest technologies and medical innovations is an important part of our commitment to providing patients world-class care. I applaud our team members who support and maintain systems that enable us to carry out our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.”
This marks the sixth consecutive time that AHS has earned the Most Wired distinction. And this year, only the top 25 percent of respondents were recipients of the award due to a more rigorous selection process. Adventist Information Technology (AIT), the organization’s IT department, manages and oversees its business systems and information technology solutions across its hospitals, home health and hospice agencies, skilled nursing facilities, physician practices and business offices.
According to the survey, two key areas emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth.
“Health care IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of CHIME. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”      
About Florida Hospital
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is a faith-based institution focused on providing whole person care. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. Florida Hospital stretches across the state with 26 hospitals, more than 4,600 patient beds, and more than 32,000 employees. It includes the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, dozens of outpatient facilities and Centra Care urgent care locations throughout Central Florida.
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