Texas Health Wins Plaudits for Innovative Electronic Health Record Technology|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has been recognized by CIO magazine as a 2010 CIO 100 recipient for its innovative initiative to develop and implement an electronic health record (EHR) across its 13-hospital system. The award program recognizes 100 organizations around the world and across all industry sectors that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
Texas Health is one of only five health systems or hospitals recognized.
By 2011 all of Texas Health’s facilities will be using the EHR, which is a computer-based family of systems for collecting, organizing, sharing and managing clinical and administrative patient information. The ultimate goal is improved quality of care and patient safety.
“This recognition spotlights the superb work of our talented information technology team and compassionate caregivers on innovations such as the electronic health record,” said Edward Marx, Texas Health chief information officer. “Our IT professionals know that every time they sit down at their keyboards they are supporting caregivers in improving the health of patients across North Texas.”
Electronic health records are designed to improve care in many ways, including reducing medical errors and increasing efficiency. Once recorded, a patient’s information—such as medical history, prescribed medications or lab results—is quickly and securely accessible to help guide designated users in making treatment decisions. The EHR enables health information to be securely shared among health care providers from different organizations.
Texas Health and Children’s Medical Center Dallas, for example, recently announced their ability to electronically exchange medical information on a mutually treated patient, the first such exchange in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“Technology is helping Texas Health to make health care human again through the electronic health record and other innovations,” said Stephen C. Hanson, Texas Health senior executive vice president for system growth and integration. “Our dedicated IT professionals work closely with caregivers to personalize each patient’s experience. It’s great to see their hard work recognized across the technology industry.”
The complete list of CIO 100 recipients is posted online at www.cio.com. It will also appear in the magazine’s Aug. 1 issue.
The award will be presented at the CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Aug. 24.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.