Children’s Ranks 25th in Top Technology List

Children’s Chart connects patient records to private practices and allows Children’s Medical Center Dallas to work with pedestrians in the region. Technology like this garnered the hospital top honors in the InformationWeek 500 annual ranking.
A 7-year-old boy is brought into the Emergency Department with a broken arm and some bumps and bruises received during a minor auto accident. Following X-rays, a neon-green cast and an overnight stay, he is released. His follow-up care will be handled by his own pediatrician who will be able to securely log in and view the boy’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) with Children’s Chart. There will be no need to request records, X-rays or have test results emailed or transferred.

While the above patient is fictionalized, the very real Children’s Chart makes it easy for pediatricians to access their patients’ records. In addition, Children’s Chart software lets pediatricians use e-prescribing which double-checks the patients’ records for allergic reactions, and is compatible with tablets and smart phones.

This level of collaboration creates a clearer picture of a patient’s overall health situation, thus enabling the medical team to provide the best care possible to the patient.

To recognize its consistent use of technology to improve the patient experience, Children’s Medical Center Dallas has again earned top honors in the InformationWeek 500 ranking, moving up almost 100 spots to earn a place in the Top 100 for 2013. In 2012, Children’s ranked 122nd in the U.S. In the Heathcare and Medical category specifically, Children’s ranked 11th, up from 16th in 2012. One of the hospital’s innovations evaluated by the publication this year included Children’s Chart.

This year marks the fourth time Children’s has earned this prestigious honor, and the first time to rank in the top 100 of this top technology list.

“We are proud of our team and this recognition. It symbolizes their steadfast commitment to driving innovations in healthcare and using technology to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of our patient care,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s. “Children’s has been and continues to be committed to investing in technology to support our mission of making life better for children and our vision of being a preeminent health and healthcare resources for children and their families.”

According to Pamela Arora, Children’s chief information officer, this significant rise in rankings is due in part to Children’s Chart being supported by one of the most robust and widely used EHRs available. “With Children’s Chart, we are able to provide a comprehensive medical record for each patient by facilitating a two-way flow of information between the private practice and Children’s for those patients who also receive care at Children’s. This level of collaboration creates a clearer picture of a patient’s overall health situation, thus enabling the medical team to provide the best care possible to the patient.”

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