Published on July 18, 2017

Parkview earns national award for its use of Information Technology

(Pueblo, CO) –  Parkview Medical Center’s effort to embrace new technology has earned it recognition from the American Hospital Association with a 2017 Most Wired award.

The award recognizes a long list of categories that encompass everything from how a hospital uses information technology in its infrastructure to how that technology is deployed for use by physicians, nurses and patients.

Parkview Medical Center was one of seven hospitals in Colorado to receive the honor.

Parkview incorporates a robust IT infrastructure with state-of-the-art security measures in place, along with wireless access to doctors and staff in the hospital.

Among other things, Parkview’s IT systems can flag prescription drugs for patient allergies or potential harmful interactions, doctors are kept up to date on their patients through electronic records and digital imaging and Parkview’s implementation of iPhone technology streamlines numerous processes and patient interactions from filling prescriptions to collecting blood samples.

Doctors can prescribe medications electronically and patients can access their records over a web-based portal and pay their bills over the hospital website.

“We’re committed at Parkview Medical Center to maintaining state-of-the-art technology in everything we do to ensure the safest, most secure and most convenient access to information for our patients, physicians and partners,” said Steve Shirley, Parkview’s vice president of information technology and chief information officer. “This recognition by the American Health Association shows us we’re on the right path and we’re committed to improving every year.”

The AHA has a higher tier award, Most Wired Advanced. Just one Colorado Hospital, UCHealth in Aurora, received that recognition, but it’s something Shirley hopes to strive for in the future.

The Most Wired Recognition is part of a survey conducted and published by the AHA’s Hospitals & Health Networks and encompasses more than 2,100 hospitals in the U.S.

Hospitals that received recognitions were seen to be using technology in innovative ways to advance information security and patient care quality.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.