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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Detroit Medical Center is undergoing an unprecedented period of construction and renovation in its eight hospitals, CIO Mike LeRoy says. In March, the first of the projects was completed with the opening of an innovative Smart Unit, an adult acute-care 30-bed telemetry unit. The unit's complete physical renovation and technology innovations are intended to transform the way patient care is delivered. About a third of its $3 million-plus project budget has been invested in IT, including technology from Cerner, that's designed to integrate and innovate care processes. For instance, in patient Smart Rooms, data from e-medical records and medical devices, including vital signs and telemetry waveforms, are presented in real time at the point of care. That enables DMC staff to make better-informed clinical decisions at the moment patients most benefit.