Sutter Health said it plans to spend $1.2 billion over the next decade to implement clinical information systems and related technology at its 26 hospitals and associated physician practices. The investment plan calls for supporting standardization of care practices, improving workplace efficiency, enhancing patient safety with new technology and securely sharing patient data across all affiliated facilities. The investments include: more than $100 million for an electronic medical record for viewing test results and placing orders throughout Sutter hospitals; $50 million for a computerized ordering and clinical information system at affiliated physician centers; and $10 million for systemwide installation of a computerized diagnostic-image transfer and storage network. -- by John Morrissey
Sutter announces $1.2 billion IT investment plan
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