CIO magazine has named Carilion Clinic a CIO 100 organization for excellence and achievement in IT, honoring Carilion Clinic’s Technology Services Group for their work creating and supporting IT infrastructure. The award recognizes Carilion Clinic’s electronic medical record (EMR) system implementation as one of the 100 most effective uses of information technology.
The CIO 100 awards honor 100 organizations that use IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth. Other 2009 CIO 100 recipients include AT&T, Dell and GE Energy.
“I am very proud of the work that the Carilion Clinic EMR team has accomplished in the past 24 months,” said Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at Carilion Clinic. “We have been able to begin to see the patient safety, quality improvement and clinical informatics goals we sought to achieve.”
Carilion Clinic’s EMR is an integrated system that allows physicians with internet and security access to see a patient’s full medical history, current medications, allergies and conditions. Carilion Clinic’s IT team has moved all clinical operations from many disparate processes and databases into a single system.
Carilion Clinic has replaced 11 independent electronic and paper medical and billing systems with a single integrated medical record, converting 780,000 patient records into the new record. Carilion said in a release that it represents “the largest patient medical record conversion ever [and] the most aggressive rollout in the history of its vendor.” Carilion President & CEO Dr. Ed Murphy has identified unnecessary paperwork and overhead as a major factor in driving up healthcare costs.
Carilion Clinic will officially be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony Aug. 25. Information about the awards will be featured in CIO magazine and available online at www.cio.com.