Penn Medicine has received a 2018 CIO 100 Award from the CIO division of IDG Communications, Inc. The 31st annual program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. Penn was selected for becoming the first academic medical center in the U.S. to deploy an integrated electronic patient health record (PennChart) across the ambulatory, inpatient and homecare/hospice settings—moving from paper-based patient charts and records. The project started in 2008 using a phased deployment approach. Over time, nearly 28,000 employees were trained to prepare for full implementation. The project was completed in 2017.
Among their benefits, electronic records promote a team-based approach to care and provide decision-making support, including warning of potential problems, such as inappropriately combining medications, and providing suggestions for the clinical team and patient to consider.
In part as a result of successfully implementing PennChart, Penn Medicine is being evaluated for Level 7, the highest electronic-medical-record adoption level issued by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry. Additionally, in 2017 Penn Medicine was awarded “Most Wired” status by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine (for the ninth time) for the successful deployment of technology to support patient care.