InformationWeek Recognizes Texas Health Resources for Innovative Use of Technology
09/10/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources’ initiatives to improve patient care have again been recognized as the health system was named to the 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across the U.S.

The system has appeared on the list for 13 consecutive years. It is the only Metroplex-based company, and the only health care system nationwide, to have achieved this long-running distinction.

Along with being ranked in the top half of the innovative organizations, Texas Health was recognized for innovation in its use of a common electronic health record (EHR). All 14 wholly owned Texas Health Resources hospitals are linked through the EHR and have the capability to securely share information across the health system.

“This prestigious recognition spotlights the collaborative work of our talented information technology team and compassionate caregivers,” said Ferdinand Velasco, M.D., Texas Health chief health information officer. “Patients across North Texas are benefitting from the innovative application of technology to enhance the care they receive in our hospitals.”

Texas Health Resources strongly believes in the use of the electronic health record to help advance quality and patient safety. The computer-based EHR collects, organizes, shares and manages clinical and administrative information, and is used by physicians on the medical staff, nurses and caregivers throughout the hospital and with other linked facilities. Since 2006 Texas Health has invested more than $200 million in its EHR, which contains more than 5.7 million patient records.

“It’s a great honor to have made the InformationWeek 500 list 13 times,” said Edward Marx, Texas Health chief information officer. “North Texans benefit daily from the skillful implementation of technology and process by our dedicated IT professionals. Our staff members understand deeply that it’s all about the patient.”

The 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators list may be viewed at informationweek.com/500.

Texas Health was also recognized for innovation by Hospital & Health Networks magazine as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems for 2013. The system is additionally known as a national leader in the recruitment and retention of technology professionals, ranking No. 31 in IDG’s Computerworld’s national survey of the top 100 workplaces for IT professionals in 2013.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.