(HARTFORD, Conn., July 15, 2010) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medial Center has been recognized as “Most Improved” on Health Care’s Most Wired 2010 Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, in cooperation with the McKesson Corporation, a healthcare services and information technology company, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

This is the second time since 2008 that Saint Francis has been included on the “Most Improved” list. The voluntary survey is based on an organization’s level of achievement in four information technology areas: business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, continuum of care, and infrastructure.

“Saint Francis has had an early and strong commitment to health information technology through previous adoptions of computerized physician order entry, bar coding and electronic medical records,” said Kathleen A. DeMatteo, Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “We are continuing that commitment with an aggressive agenda of planned new enhancements.”

This year’s survey revealed that 51 percent of medical orders were done electronically by physicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent from last year. Additionally, 55 percent of Most Wired hospitals now match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009.

“Health information technology and quality of care go hand-in-hand at Saint Francis,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We strongly believe that our IT investment is enhancing clinical outcome while reducing costs as well.”

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.