NEW ORLEANS, LA - IDG's CIO magazine today announces Ochsner Health System as a recipient of the 2006 CIO 100 award. The annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). According to Abbie Lundberg, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine, "Year after year, the CIO 100 award recipients serve as industry role models for business and IT excellence. This years winners are particularly remarkable for their ability to translate IT innovation into business value and solid ROI." We are truly honored to be recognized by CIO Magazine as the recipient of its 100 Award, says Dr. Lynn Witherspoon, Vice President of IT at Ochsner. Ochsner's use of wireless technology and electronic medical records enables our physicians to practice more efficiently and provides our patients a safer higher quality experience. The 2006 CIO 100 awards will be presented Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California, on August 22 at the conclusion of the eighth annual CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony. About the CIO 100 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, teams of CIO magazine editors and writers reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, the teams met for a day-long meeting to debate the merits of each nominee and vote on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award. To provide a vision of ever-changing business trends, the focus of the CIO 100 changes annually. Complete coverage of the 2006 CIO 100 awards will be in the August 15 issue of CIO magazine and available online at www.cio.com on August 15.