GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is on the InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business information technology (IT), for the second year in a row. The annual list was revealed recently at a gala awards ceremony at the InformationWeek 500 Conference in California.
Northeast Georgia Health System recently designed and implemented a Virtual Data Warehouse to address the increased need for up-to-date data to drive decision-making. This strategy allows NGHS to use medical data and patient records across the entire organization to make quality decisions faster, which in turn increases patient safety and enhances patient satisfaction. For example, NGHS is able to use its Virtual Data Warehouse to provide data to support improvements to patient flow through operating rooms. By having key performance information immediately available, surgery team members are able to improve processes to ensure optimal patient flow in surgery.
“Northeast Georgia Health System is honored to be recognized for the second year in a row for our commitment to innovations in IT,” says Carol Burrell, President and CEO of NGHS. “Our new Virtual Data Warehouse allows us to provide valuable information to our physicians, clinical and operational support staff faster than before – all for an investment of one-third the typical cost of a traditional data warehouse that isn’t as flexible when gathering information from our various hospital information systems.”
“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” says Rob Preston, InformationWeek’s Editor In Chief. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches – new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”
InformationWeek not only identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology (IT) with its annual 500 listing, but it also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 ranking is unique among corporate rankings, as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.