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Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Named 2006 Most Wired Hospital Most Wired Hospitals Lead the Field in Consumer-directed Health Care


Rochester, Mich.—July 25, 2006— Crittenton Hospital Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals, according to results of the 2006 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which has named the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems since 1999.

“We’re very proud to have achieved the Most Wired Hospital status, and to provide these advanced capabilities to our patients and clinicians” said Crittenton Hospital Medical Center president and chief executive officer, Lynn Orfgen. “Our foremost goal is to offer the highest quality patient care and CareTech Solutions helps us accomplish this with cutting edge information technology that enhances our patients’ experience and our clinician’s flexibility and efficiency.”

CareTech Solutions, a leading provider of information technology and health information management services, has been Crittenton’s strategic IT partner since 2003. Crittenton leverages CareTech’s expertise and resources through a comprehensive offering including data center and network operating center services, a 24x7x365 help desk, applications management, document imaging and management, administrative support and staff management.

The nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems are helping consumers take charge of their healthcare by providing more tools via the Internet, according to results from the eighth annual Most Wired Survey. Crittenton is among the top percentage of surveyed hospitals offering online services for patients including health coaching for obesity, smoking, chronic conditions and pre-registration for services. Physicians can use the tool to schedule tests and appointments and check test results.

“Consumers are doing everything from booking travel to managing their finances from their living rooms. The Most Wired hospitals provide the same opportunities with health care,” says Alden Solovy, executive editor of Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA). “This will become the new house-call.”

The nation’s 100 Most Wired are also using information technology to improve quality, satisfaction and patient care by investing in technology to streamline business and clinical practices; to reduce medical errors; and to improve clinical outcomes. Crittenton ranks among the leaders in this area, offering such advanced capabilities as digital radiology images (PACS) in the hospital inpatient setting and digital medical records.

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use of information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the 2006 survey in cooperation with Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

Serving Oakland County since 1967, Crittenton Hospital Medical CenterM is a 290-bed facility located in Rochester/Rochester Hills, Michigan. A not-for-profit community hospital, Crittenton is one of Rochester Hills largest employers, with a staff of more than 1,600 and more than 500 physicians. Crittenton offers a wide range of emergency and ambulatory services and specialized programs, including intensive care, occupational medicine, , emergency services, cardiac care, audiology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, sports medicine, radiation oncology, imaging and diagnostics, sleep and neurophysiology medicine, joint replacement, executive and travel medicine, wound management, bloodless medicine, hospice, endoscopy, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and inpatient psychiatric services.

For more information, visit http://www.crittenton.com.

About CareTech Solutions

CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology services provider for hospitals and health systems, is committed to creating value for clients through customized, flexible solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day operations, CareTech offers clients expert services across the entire patient data lifecycle.

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