Texas Health Resources Again Named to Computerworld List of Best Places to Work in Information Technology
06/16/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has again been selected as one of Computerworld's top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. Texas Health placed No. 48 on the list, up from 49 in 2008.

The honor is part of the weekly IT publication’s 16th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the June 15 issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.

Since 1994, Computerworld’s annual “Best Places to Work in IT” feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.

This year, Computerworld surveyed more than 27,000 IT workers for the list, and responses factored heavily in determining the rankings.

“Our skilled information technology professionals are absolutely critical in helping our 14-hospital system serve North Texans’ health care needs,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, Texas Health chief executive officer. “Finding and taking care of our dedicated workers is a top priority at Texas Health.”

One of the system’s major IT initiatives is a common electronic health record (EHR). By 2012 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.

All IT employees spend at least a half day with a clinician annually. The program, known as Connections, reinforces the impact that staffers’ jobs have on patient care. Many project teams work from home, taking advantage of social networking to build productivity. Employee development is pervasive and includes mentoring programs.

“Exposure to the care setting inspires our IT professionals, making for an engaged workforce,” said Edward Marx, Texas Health chief information officer. “People understand that their positions have a deep meaning. This adds depth to their work.”

“To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it’s not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “The organizations that made this year’s Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical. In the months and years ahead, IT is going to become a key accelerator of business growth.”

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 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide 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 Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

About Computerworld
Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (Computerworld.com), weekly publication, and focused conference series form the hub of the world’s largest global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards including the Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) in both 2004 and 2006, and the American Business Media’s Neal Award for Best Web Site, Best Blogs and Best Article or Series in 2008.

Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2.5 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of more than 1 million readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS, Fall 2008). Computerworld also reaches more than 10,000 IT executives every year through its high-touch conferences and custom summits.

About International Data Group (IDG)
International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG’s online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers. Media brands are in more than 90 countries and include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld/TechWorld/TecChannel, Macworld, Network World and PC World. The company’s lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.