Mark Van Kooy, 52, was named the first chief medical information officer at Virtua Health, a four-hospital system headquartered in Marlton, N.J. As CMIO, Van Kooy is in charge of implementing clinical process-improvement techniques during Virtua's transformation into a fully digital, wireless organization and its creation of two regional medical centers.
Virtua's technological advancements currently in use include fully digital operating rooms, interventional radiology and cardiac catheterization laboratories, and digital radiography. Clinicians also use wireless handheld devices and the Internet to access laboratory results, diagnostic reports, medication lists and other data at the bedside.
"We're making sure our clinicians have the information they need, when they need it -- right at the patient's bedside or from home in the middle of the night," Van Kooy said in a news release. "Combining technology with improved clinical workflow gives us the opportunity to enhance care and spend more time with patients."
At its four hospitals, outpatient health center, two outpatient surgery centers and other facilities, Virtua employs 7,200 clinical and administrative personnel and has 1,800 physicians as medical staff members.
Van Kooy has been with Virtua for 13 years, and he practices family medicine at the 296-bed Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mount Holly, N.J., and at the Virtua Health Camden outpatient health center in Camden, N.J.
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