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Baylor Health Care System Receives National Information Technology Recognition
Date:10/18/2007

DALLAS, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, Baylor Health Care System ranked 15th on the 2007 Information Week 500 list, a multi-industry ranking that tracks information technology providers across the country. No other health care system ranked higher nationally.

"Since innovation is one the Baylor Health Care System's values, it's gratifying to have an external party recognize us for living our values," says David Muntz, senior vice president and chief information officer, Baylor Health Care System. "We see innovation as a way to deliver better value to our stakeholders, in this case the physicians and their patients."

Baylor's essay responses on the application helped make the organization stand out. One essay focused on the development of a referring physician portal, which allows non-Baylor physicians to refer patients to Baylor facilities. The referring physician has secured access to their patient's electronic medical records, so that they can stay informed about the course of the patient's treatment.

"Being able to provide physicians with a tool which helps deliver information to them on a timely basis helps everyone involved in the care process, particularly the patient," states Muntz. "There's not a day that goes by where we don't think or talk about the portal and the importance of its role in delivering quality and safe care."

The second essay described Baylor's use of radio frequency identification device (RFID) in automating medical device and supply management.

Baylor's focus on new project versus maintenance, deployment of encryption, adoption of Web technologies, including integrating tools from other search companies and a focus on collaboration to increase productivity, all contributed to earning a number 15 ranking.

For 19 years, the Information Week 500 has tracked the most innovative business technology organizations. To be ranked, companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue
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