InformationWeek 500 healthcare companies and hospitals are using technology in inventive ways to improve care. These innovations include a unique virtual reality system for burn victims, "Smart Rooms," and a customized program to track application and system performance problems. Take a quick peek at 10 of these IT initiatives in our slideshow.
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Trinity Health, the fourth-largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., has developed the Genesis platform, which includes 28 computer applications from nine vendors and touches virtually every major clinical and revenue process at the hospital. Getting the new platform up and running included the tightly choreographed integration of new systems with multiple legacy applications, including laboratory, picture archiving and communication system, and enterprise resource planning. More than 60 real-time and batch interfaces were activated during conversion.
All the work has clearly paid off: Genesis has had a measurable effect on patient care. Its rapid implementation has led to a 44% drop in severity-adjusted mortality rates, when compared with benchmark data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In practical terms, that means more than 2,600 lives are saved across the system annually. Similarly, since going live with Genesis, emergent medications are delivered 40% faster, and nurses spend 8% more of their time at the bedside.