Newswise — PHILADELPHIA— The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) rank #27 in the United States and #50 globally on Newsweek’s World’s Best Smart Hospitals 2021, which ranks the 250 best medical institutions that are leading the field in smart technologies, like digital surgery, imaging, artificial intelligence, telehealth and electronic medical records. Results are based on worldwide recommendations from medical professionals.

“We are proud to develop and deploy the best possible approaches to caring for our patients,” said Michele Volpe, Chief Executive Officer of PPMC. “This means we’re not only offering the most advanced diagnostic tools, treatments and therapies, but we also constantly seek to implement systems and technologies that make it easier and faster to deliver the right care to each patient, and provide them with a positive experience while they’re in our hospitals.”

HUP/PPMC have most recently focused on initiatives to improve nursing efficiencies, including the use of a mobile application that allows nurses to do work in the computer system while on the move, rather than at a nursing station. The application allows nurses to send secure messages on the go and scan medication orders from their phones. This and other innovations allow nurses more time to focus on patient care while simultaneously improving speed and ensuring safety.

Penn Medicine will soon expand its capacity for care even further with the Fall 2021 opening of the Pavilion, a 1.5 million-square-foot future-forward facility on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Among the approaches that will transform care in the building, which is the largest capital project in Penn’s history: A state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit equipped with cameras, recording equipment, and advanced imaging to study seizures in real time, and interactive “Careboards” – 75-inch screens in each patient room that provide real-time care plan and team information, capabilities to communicate with staff, and the ability to video call loved ones.

“HUP has always prioritized innovation, and the new patient Pavilion is a transformational embodiment of that commitment,” said Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, Chief Executive Officer of HUP. “Not only will this new facility facilitate the highest level of patient care, but it’s also built to foster research into the therapies and treatments of the future, cementing Penn Medicine as a leader in health, science, and exceptional patient experience for generations to come.”

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Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $8.9 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $496 million awarded in the 2020 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; and Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is powered by a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 44,000 people. The organization also has alliances with top community health systems across both Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, creating more options for patients no matter where they live.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2020, Penn Medicine provided more than $563 million to benefit our community.