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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Baylor Health Care System initially implemented a suite of applications called Eclipsys -- now part of the Allscripts line of products -- as the cornerstone of its electronic health records but eventually realized that it needed a customized system to meet its unique needs. It required a program that would accurately track application and system performance problems. The need for such a program arose because the current EHR platform had been implemented across a mix of hardwired computers, wireless laptops, and workstations on wheels. That made it difficult to determine if the performance issues were related to differences in hardware or were software-related.
To solve this problem, the Baylor team incorporated existing vendor components, including SQL Server 2008 and custom C++ .NET code, plus advanced low-level .NET capabilities. With the large amount of data produced by the integrated code, a front-end application was needed to manage and display the results. Baylor developed a front-end viewer -- the BayStats viewer -- using C++, and third-party graphing controls were added. The resulting application now provides high-level graphs that quickly drill down into areas where performance problems can be detected.