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InformationWeek 500: Healthcare Innovators

InformationWeek 500 healthcare companies are using technology in innovative ways to improve care, including state-of-the-art mobile communications, a federated imaging system, and advanced wellness services. Get a look at 10 of them in this slide show.
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Sparrow Health System is a healthcare provider in mid-Michigan and a regional center of care for cancer, pediatrics, neurology, trauma, and neonatal intensive patients. From its flagship Sparrow Hospital--which includes the 10-story Sparrow Tower, which opened in 2008--as well as its other care facilities across the state, Sparrow provides nearly 500,000 outpatient procedures and 100,000 emergency room visits each year and is the area's only Level 1 trauma center. Three years ago, Sparrow Health launched a mandate to modernize, automate and transform. That meant a major technology overhaul. The transformation effort launched at the same time Sparrow was building a brand new 10-story tower on its Lansing campus to expand emergency and critical care services. And so far, nowhere has the impact of the Sparrow Technology Transformation project been greater than in the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department, where an e-medical record system has been fully deployed and made universally accessible through the high-speed wireless network, said Sparrow. Emergency doctors and nurses can access patient and clinical data from their tablet PCs and wireless mobile phones. The network connects clinicians with the EMR and other applications, allowing them to access up-to-the-minute patient records, drug interactions, diagnostic images, and other services wherever they are required. Every process in the care cycle, from registering a patient when they arrive, to delivering treatment at the bedside, to a doctor doing final documentation when the patient is admitted or discharged, is completely mobile.

Overall InformationWeek 500 ranking: 22

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