June 3, 2008 - NORFOLK, Virginia - CIO
magazine, a leading publication in the information technology industry, has recognized Sentara Healthcare with its CIO-100 Award. The annual award program recognizes innovative organizations that use information technology (IT) effectively to create business value.
"We are truly honored," said Sentara’s Chief Information Officer Bert Reese. "Technology is a critical aspect of patient care, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Sentara’s deployment of multi-function wireless phones in the clinical setting is the highlighted project. Finding inpatient communication a challenge with various disciplines and caregivers spread throughout a facility, Sentara formulated a team of clinicians, nurses and technical staff to evaluate technologies that would aid in immediate communication. The resulting system incorporates wireless phones run over a technology network that uses voice over IP (VoIP) technology.
"Sentara’s vision is to use advanced technology in order to improve patient care," says Reese. "This project has resulted in faster responses for caregivers, which leads to better clinical outcomes."
These wireless phones have now become a centralized method of delivering alerts and messages to nursing staff. The staff cannot only read the alerts as they are sent, but they can also respond via programmable buttons on the phone’s key pad. In addition, the phones have been integrated with other technology systems in the hospital setting. The nurse call system, for example, is integrated into the wireless IP phone system - allowing a patient to press their nurse call button and have that call ring directly to the caregiver’s phone.
"Our mobile workforce has embraced the new technology as a vital tool in delivering quality care," adds Reese.
The 2008 CIO awards will be presented at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. on August 26 at the conclusion of the 10th annual CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony.
About the CIO 100
The recipients of this year’s CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and voted on the final 100.
Complete coverage of the 2008 CIO 100 awards will be in the August 15 issue of CIO magazine and available online