Most Wired, Small and Rural Hospitals

We’re pleased to find our friends in Fort Madison, Iowa on this year’s list:

Hospitals & Health Networks’ 2005 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study

An analysis of this year’s Most Wired Survey results shows for the first time that hospitals leading the way in information technology also have better outcomes. They use a wider array of IT tools to address quality, they conduct a larger percentage of clinical transitions via IT, and a larger precentage of their physicians enter orders themselves.

New Medical Chief of Homeland Security is an EM Physician

Secretary Michael Chertoff Announces the New Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Homeland Security

Today Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the appointment of Jeffrey W. Runge, M.D. as the Department’s new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Runge currently serves as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the Department of Transportation. Secretary Chertoff issued the following statement:

Prior to serving as Administrator of NHTSA, Dr. Runge practiced and taught emergency medicine as Assistant Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Dr. Runge has also served as Director of the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention and Control. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and has served in leadership positions in various local, regional and National organizations including the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South in Tennessee and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina.