InformationWeek 500 Ranks Children’s Medical Center Dallas Top 100 in U.S.

500 Ranks Children’s Medical Center Dallas Top 100 in U.S.

Children’s Medical CenterPatty Sullivan, 214-456-5108

today announced it has again earned top honors in the ranking, moving up to 25 to earn a place in the Top 100 for 2013. In 2012, Children’s ranked 122 in the U.S. In the Heathcare and Medical category specifically, Children’s ranked 11, up from 16 in 2012.

Annually, the publication identifies the nation’s most innovative users of information technology in its 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country. This year marks the fourth time Children’s has earned this prestigious honor, and the first time to rank in the Top 100. The full list is available at .

In 2013, recognized Children’s for its consistent use of technology to improve the patient experience. One of the hospital’s innovations evaluated by the publication included , the Electronic Health Record (EHR) that Children’s extended to independent private practices. allows Children’s to work with pediatric practices in the region and provide enhanced quality of care, patient safety and, ultimately, better patient outcomes.

“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 being supported by one of the most robust and widely used EHRs available. “With , 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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Founded in 1913, the not-for-profit Children's Medical Center is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, receiving nearly 700,000 patient visits annually with 595 licensed beds at its two full-service campuses in Dallas and Plano, and multiple specialty clinics and 15 primary care MyChildren’s locations. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. This year, Children’s is celebrating 100 years of making life better for children. For more information, please visit .