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December 10,  2001

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Web Site Named Best Overall Internet Site in its Class

 

 (SafetyAlerts) - 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 information.

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 medicine.

"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.

Source: PRNewswire.

 
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