Cooper University Hospital has been recognized for implementing technological systems that enhance patient safety and satisfaction, increase medication accuracy and improve communication on medication administration.
Awarded by the Hospitals & Health Networks’ 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, Cooper University Hospital was recognized in the Most Wireless and Most Improved categories. Cooper is the only hospital in the region to be recognized in both categories.
“I congratulate our Information Technology (IT) Management and the entire IT team for working tirelessly over the past few years at implementing new systems that have improved the safety and services offered to our patients and their family members,” said John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cooper Health System.
The Most Wired program recognizes Cooper for several new technological advancements that enhance patient safety and satisfaction, including Smart Pumps and the new secure wireless network that allows patients and their families access to patient educational material while assuring total security to sensitive patient information. Smart Pumps are intravenous devices with smart technology that decrease medication errors and provide enhanced information on medication administration.
Cooper’s recognition on the Most Improved list reflects the hospital’s efforts in working toward the implementation of the Electronic Health Record, which was authorized by action of the Cooper Health System Board of Trustees.
In 1998, Cooper was one of 21 hospitals in the U.S. with 100 percent Computerized Physician Order Entry. Now, Cooper is on its way to being one of only a few hospitals in the country with 100 percent Electronic Health Records covering the continuum of care.