Thursday, March 12, 2009
Broward Health Named Most Integrated Health Network in Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Health is one of two hospitals in Florida, and the only one in Southeast Florida to be included on the 2009 list of SDI’s (formerly Verispan) top 100 integrated healthcare networks (IHNs). Broward Health was listed at number 60 and only one other Florida system located in Orlando was rated at number 92.
“Broward Health continues to be on the forefront of technological utilization. Each and every department is affected through the installation of these various technologies,” said Doris Crain, vice president and chief information officer for Broward Health. “In April, Broward Health medical centers will begin the transition to the new iSite Enterprise/iSite Radiology PACS, or Picture Archiving and Communications System. This enterprise PACS will allow physicians and healthcare team members to have direct access to digital radiologic images and reports instantaneously – from even remote locations.”
Tracking the development of the IHN market started in 1994. Surveys are done annually on healthcare networks using a standard method for collecting the data and rating integrated health networks nationally. The rating system is a means for identifying the IHN 100 based on critical success factors. The system analyzes each network’s performance level in eight categories: outpatient utilization, integrated technology, hospital utilization, financial stability, services & access, contract capabilities, physicians and integration. Financial performance and the closely related ration of outpatient-to-inpatient procedures are some of the top factors this year in determining where systems ranked in the 12th annual list.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.