December 10, 2001
The Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia Web Site Named Best Overall Internet Site in its Class
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Web site, http://www.chop.edu/,
was named the Best Overall Internet Healthcare Site among hospitals in the
200-399 beds category in the second annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards.
The 2001 platinum award was announced during the Sixth Annual Healthcare
Internet and Technology Conference in Las Vegas.
Children's Hospital's Web site has more than 6,000 pages of children's
health, safety and medical condition content linked to information on
clinical programs that provide related services. Each page has consistent
navigation that enables visitors to easily find a doctor, request an
appointment, obtain directions and contact the hospital with questions.
Healthcare professionals have access to continuing education information;
online publications; tools to facilitate the referral process; and a
proprietary link for secure, password- protected access to patient
An independent panel of 56 individuals familiar with healthcare and the
Internet compared entries among others in their classification and judged
them against detailed evaluation measures, including a proprietary
multi-point standard of Internet excellence. Achieving the distinction of
the best overall Internet site required excellence in 51 factors, including
delivery of strong health content, interactivity, medical care support,
integration with the organization's operations, as well as strength of Web
design and ease of navigation.
"We are pleased to be recognized among institutions that drive technical
advances in the medical profession" said Evan L. Crawford, executive
director of the e-Transformation/e-Medicine Center at The Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia. "Having the best Internet healthcare site in our
class underscores our position as a leader in all aspects of pediatric
"This award reaffirms the institution's commitment to providing accurate,
up-to-date information to educate our consumers, and facilitate
accessibility to health information for clinicians and referrers," Crawford
added. Future plans for the site include virtual communities, personal
health pages, online education and wireless applications.
Competing organizations entered one of 15 classifications so that
comparisons occurred among those of comparable type, size, and resources.
There were six Award categories: best site design, best interactive site,
best health/healthcare content, best e-business site, best care/disease
management site, and best overall Internet site, a compilation of all
categories. More than 700 entries were received from a wide range of
healthcare organizations, online health companies, pharmaceutical firms, and
business improvement/vendor sites.