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Grande Ronde Hospital Wins Health Device Achievement Award

September 28, 2011

ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., announced Grande Ronde Hospital (www.grh.org) of La Grande, Ore., as the winner of its 6th annual Health Devices Achievement Award. The award recognizes an outstanding initiative undertaken by an ECRI Institute member healthcare institution that improves patient safety, reduces costs, or otherwise facilitates better strategic management of health technology.

Grande Ronde Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, won this year’s award for its establishment of a telemedicine network that allows its patients in rural northeast Oregon and Washington to access specialty physicians from across four states.

As a result of the initiative, Grande Ronde Hospital now offers 16 outpatient, consulting and educational services and more through its telemedicine program. The technology is used for sharing electronic health records, with consultants as far away as 1,800 miles reviewing patient lab results, radiology images and medications. Some of the services provided by this program are now being used as a model by other hospitals.

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