Two wins for the Web
Children's Hospital Boston recently garnered two information technology-related awards: the 2005 Health & Hospital Networks' Most Wired award and the 9th Annual Webby award.
Each year, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine surveys the nation's hospitals to assess how they use information technology to develop better, safer and more efficient health care. The survey looks at five areas: customer service, safety and quality, workforce, public health, and safety and business processes. More than 1,000 hospitals and health care organizations participate in the survey annually. Of those, only 100 win the Most Wired Award; Children's was the only pediatric facility recognized in 2005.
"Achieving the Most Wired designation is a reflection of the hard work that ISD and the entire organization has put into enhancing our information systems and services," says Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, Children's chief information officer. "We are deeply committed to providing state-of-the-art technologies for our staff and patients."
Children's received another exciting honor when our newly redesigned research Web site (www.childrenshospital.org/research) was deemed "Webby Worthy" at the annual Webby Awards, which are considered the top, worldwide awards for excellence in Web site design. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, whose members include those in the business world, celebrities, musicians, Web experts and more, present the honors.
Children's research Web site was judged against sites created by professional Web development firms, as well as many other technology-based sites, and out of 4,000 Webby Award entries, only 20 percent were ranked "Webby Worthy."
"The Webby Awards are the Oscars for Web sites," says Danny Shaw, director of Knowledge Management at Children's. "The competition involves organizations for whom Web design is their sole business, so just to be considered is quite an honor. For an organization like ours to actually receive any level of award is pretty astounding."