CHP in top quarter of 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100

Cincinnati, OH (April 7, 2014) – Catholic Health Partners (CHP) today announced that it ranked 23rd on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100 – a list of the top business technology innovators in the United States. 

This marks the second consecutive year that CHP has been named to the top 100. Prior to that, CHP had been named to the InformationWeek 500 list five times. CHP is one of 17 healthcare organizations on this year’s list. 

“This is the highest ranking Catholic Health Partners has achieved so far on the InformationWeek Elite 100 list, and I’m very pleased that we’ve received this national recognition,” said Rebecca Sykes, senior vice president, resource management, and chief information officer. “We continue to find new, even more effective ways to put information technology to use in service to our patients.” 

CHP was recognized for a pilot project at its St. Rita’s Medical Center facility in Lima, Ohio, that involved implementing Epic Systems Corp.’s MyChart Bedside. Bedside is an innovative, tablet-based application designed for use by patients while they’re in the hospital. Patients can use it to review their vital signs and lab results, learn about their medical conditions and send non-urgent requests to their nurses for items such as ice chips or warm blankets. 

With Bedside, patients can also see photos of and read personal information about the members of their care teams, which helps build trust. A calendar feature lets patients note when they’ll be receiving medications, seeing visitors or going for diagnostic tests. Patients can also use Bedside to access information on medications and side-effects. 

Epic and CHP have been partnering together for several years to install Epic’s electronic health record system in CHP’s 23 hospitals. CHP physician practices have also used Epic’s personal health record, called “MyChart,” to engage ambulatory patients in their own care. 

“The digital business movement is a force CIOs can't ignore,” InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston said. "Just as Amazon.com transformed the retail industry, Netflix changed the face of movie distribution, and Orbitz and others reinvented travel planning, new digital companies, technologies, and business models will shake up a range of other industries, from healthcare to manufacturing to higher education. Digital businesses are adept at using the web in conjunction with mobile, social, analytics, and other technologies to not only boost sales, but also change their relationships with customers. The 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 highlights companies that are leading this digital business revolution, redefining business models and reshaping industries."

This is InformationWeek’s 26th year identifying and honoring the nation's most innovative users of information technology.  For 2014, this assessment was narrowed to a more elite 100 organizations. InformationWeek Elite 100 research tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek Elite 100 spotlights the power of business technology innovation. 

Additional details on the InformationWeek Elite 100 can be found at http://www.informationweek.com/elite100.