Texas Health Resources Recognized for 10th Consecutive Year for Innovative Use of Information Technology

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources’ initiatives to improve patient care have again been recognized as the health system was named to the 2010 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America. Texas Health has appeared on the list for ten consecutive years. Texas Health is the only Metroplex-based company, and the only health care system nationwide, to have achieved this long-running distinction.

For more than two decades, InformationWeek has identified and honored the nation’s most innovative users of information technology (IT) 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 June by CIO magazine as a CIO 100 recipient for IT innovation. Texas Health was also named in June to Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in Information Technology list.

“Our innovation is guided by our mission — to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” 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.”

Both the InformationWeek and CIO awards recognized Texas Health’s initiative to develop and implement an electronic health record (EHR) across its 13-hospital system. 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.

EHR implementation has been particularly challenging for Texas Health because of an aggressive deployment schedule and a physician audience of independent, community-based practitioners. Working with physicians, Texas Health’s IT team developed CareTube, an online video management system that provides supplemental training and communications to physicians regarding the system EHR. The CareTube site’s 80 videos have been viewed more than 1,700 times this year.

Texas Health’s successful EHR implementation is demonstrated by physician adoption of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), an important component of the EHR. Texas Health has achieved approximately 79 percent of adoption of CPOE by its independent physicians, who are voluntarily choosing to use CPOE.

A national study by the Harvard School of Public Health, published last month on the Health Affairs website, found that fewer than 3 percent of hospital systems nationwide have achieved successful EHR deployment with CPOE in all clinical units. Texas Health stands out within this small group in that the majority are either teaching hospitals or hospital systems that employ the majority of their physicians.

“Texas Health takes an innovative approach to everything we do, whether improving the quality of care or implementing advanced technology. The electronic health record and other innovations help us provide coordinated care across our system,” said Stephen C. Hanson, senior executive vice president for system growth and integration.

“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 entire workforce,” said Hanson.

“For 22 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. “As we start to emerge from the worst recession in decades, the IT focus is now on driving growth — new sources of revenue, new relationships with customers, even new business models. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those companies and business technology executives leading that charge.”

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 Health 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.

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