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BayCare Named CIO 100 Award Winner by CIO Magazine

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BayCare Health System has been recognized by IDG's CIO magazine as a recipient of the 2009 CIO 100 award. The 22nd annual award program acknowledges organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

BayCare was honored for implementing a revolutionary new biometric technology for hospitals that scans patients' palms and immediately identifies them at most BayCare testing or treatment facilities (e.g., hospital, outpatient or laboratory center). Called Patient Secure Identity, the technology is able to recognize special features of the veins in the palm that are unique identifiers for each individual. The company was the second organization in the United States and the first in the State of Florida to implement this technology in a health care environment in an effort to improve patient safety.

"It is a great honor for BayCare to receive the CIO 100 award," said Lindsey Jarrell, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at BayCare Health System. "There are a number of business and clinical benefits that we recognize from having implemented the palm scanning system. Ultimately, this innovation streamlines patient identification and helps prevent the misuse of Social Security numbers and insurance cards of our patients across our entire health system."

"Once a patient is initially enrolled with Patient Secure Identity, he or she can be identified at registration within a matter of seconds," said Jim Schwamb, Vice President, Financial Services, BayCare Health System. "In addition to improving the speed of patient registration, biometric palm scanning can minimize the amount of personal information a patient needs to communicate either verbally or through written forms during registration. It also helps to minimize duplication of patient records and improve the accuracy of patient identification."

"This year's CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are both innovating and creating business value with IT despite the economic downturn," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. "These winners are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award.

The 2009 CIO 100 awards will be presented at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 25 at the conclusion of the eleventh annual CIO 100 Symposium(R) and Awards Ceremony.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Women's, St. Joseph's Hospital North (opening 2010) and South Florida Baptist. On the web:

About CIO Magazine

CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including three Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO websites and magazines appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO, and sister brand CSO, are produced by CXO Media a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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