Texas Health Recognized Again for Innovative Use of Information Technology

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Health Resources initiatives to improve patient care have again been recognized as the health system was named to the 2009 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America.

Ranked at No. 211, Texas Health has appeared on the list for nine consecutive years and is one of only two Metroplex-based companies — and one of two health care systems nationwide — to have achieved this long-running distinction.

For more than 20 years, InformationWeek has identified and honored the nation’s most innovative users of information technology for its annual listing. The list is unique among corporate rankings because it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

The InformationWeek listing follows Texas Health’s recognition in July as an American Hospital Association Most Wired health system. In June Texas Health was named to Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in Information Technology list.

“It’s a tribute to Texas Health’s spirit of innovation to again make this prestigious list,” said Edward Marx, Texas Health chief information officer. “Our dedicated professionals are always focused on how new technologies and processes can better serve the health care needs of more than 6 million North Texans.”

An innovative IT initiative at Texas Health is the Surface Patient Consultation Interface prototype demonstration. Physicians use Microsoft Surface™ technology to demonstrate and discuss complex medical procedures in laymen’s terms, testing the technology for potential use with their patients.

Surface computing applications have primarily been developed for the entertainment, hospitality and defense industries; their use in health care is just beginning to take off. Texas Health medical staff physicians have responded enthusiastically to the prototype demonstrations, proposing expanded uses beyond physician-patient interaction.

Texas Health is also implementing a common electronic health record (EHR). By 2012 all of the system’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.

“Information technology is vital to providing coordinated care across our system,” said Stephen C. Hanson, senior executive vice president of system alignment and performance. “At Texas Health, deployment of information systems and technology represents a systemwide effort of care givers and those who support them, including our talented IT professionals. As a result, every patient who receives care from Texas Health benefits from the innovative work of our IT department.”

“Year after year, InformationWeek 500 companies harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue, and establish a competitive advantage,” said InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. “We applaud this year’s winners, and the CIOs and other executives whose ingenuity and risk taking are at the center of business technology innovation.”

A full report on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

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 www.TexasHealth.org.

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