Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center recognized for use of technology
Only 300 hospitals worldwide were recognized, and Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger Medical Center ranked 140th and 159th, respectively. They are among only seven hospitals recognized in Pennsylvania and just 87 hospitals selected in the United States. Both medical centers are the only hospitals in their service areas to make the list, and they’re the only two Pennsylvania hospitals recognized outside of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.
Ranked hospitals were evaluated on five criteria: electronic functionalities, telemedicine, digital imaging, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.
“This recognition is a reflection of our staff’s dedication to provide great care for our communities,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s northeast region. “Geisinger continues to focus on our patients, and this honor highlights the steps we take to make sure we have the right tools for the job. By growing our telemedicine capabilities and using advanced tools, we’re making better health easier for our communities.”
Geisinger has long embraced technology to improve quality of care, catalyze research, ease communication with providers and improve access to services for its patients and members.
Investments in the da Vinci Surgical System® and Mako® robotic arm-assisted surgery are concrete examples of how technology directly benefits patients. Robotic-assisted surgeries allow more precision, smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain and discomfort, and the ability to treat areas difficult to reach with the human hand.
Telemedicine has been a critical tool in some areas of care delivery at Geisinger for years, but the COVID pandemic accelerated its use across the system. Since March 2020, Geisinger has enhanced its capability to conduct telemedicine visits and now offers telehealth consultation in more than 70 specialties. The health system also added virtual urgent care capabilities this year.
Advanced imaging tools in diagnostic and surgical procedures, as well as the electronic health record, are further examples of technology Geisinger uses daily in caring for patients.
“Geisinger has a long history of innovation and bringing advanced care options to northeastern and central Pennsylvania,” said Megan Brosious, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s central region. “Investments in technology are investments in better care for our patients. These continued improvements and advancements provide our staff with the tools they need to provide the latest treatment options, which can lead to shorter recovery times and better outcomes for our patients.”
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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