The Carilion Health System has been named one of the top 10 "wireless" hospitals in the country by the American Hospital Association.
The recognition's coming because of the new system Carilion uses to track patient information.
Doctors and nurses use wireless, mobile units to keep patients' schedules and warn against harmful drug interactions.
Records of every dose are sent from the mobile units to a central computer..
Similar systems have been used for years -- the difference at Carilion is how easy it is for caregivers to keep the unit with them.
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The hospital has been developing its wireless network for more than a year..
Doctors and nurses there started using the new system about six months ago.