Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco, said it will invest $137 million over the next eight years on information technology and workflow improvement initiatives aimed at improving patient safety throughout the 41-hospital system. The healthcare system said it will work with Cerner Corp. and Perot Systems Corp. over the next year to develop an information system integrating radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, intensive-care and emergency department workflow. The technology will be implemented first at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif., and St. Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center, both in San Francisco. It will be rolled out to CHW's other hospitals in Arizona, California and Nevada over the next seven years. Capabilities will include computerized physician order entry, clinical decision support, computerized rules to help prevent adverse drug events, and interfaces with medical devices at the bedside. The project is another example of an emerging trend at large healthcare systems. Last month Baylor Health Care System announced a $119 million, seven-year initiative to reorganize care processes and implement technology to execute the clinical improvements at its 11 hospitals, 69 clinics and numerous physician practices in the Dallas area. -- by John Morrissey
CHW plans $137 million, 8-year IT initiative
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