2012 Winner Profile

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Project Description:
NorthShore University Healthcare System's advanced electronic medical record (EMR) system supports better patient health and improves patient experiences. NorthShore's medical records are fully electronic and fully integrated across all inpatient sites and offices (the EMR went live across the entire health system in 2003). Using an enterprise-wide data warehouse to collect medical and biological data and a data-mining algorithm to analyze that data, the system lets everyone work together as if they are in the same building, using real-time information like test results to better treat NorthShore's patients. An example of how NorthShore leverages its data warehouse is NorthShore's hypertension projected which started in 2011. The hypertension project allowed physicians to identify patients who were at risk for having undiagnosed hypertension. The EMR system is used by all of NorthShore's physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. As a result, physicians can identify health risks early and inform patients of life-threatening conditions that previously went undiagnosed. Now with easier access to health information, physicians have given patients the tools and knowledge they need to avoid long-term health complications such as strokes and heart attacks.
Project type:
Business Intelligence, Business Process Management, Databases or Data Warehouse
Business Functions:
R&D and Product Development, Customer Service and Support
Business Goal:
Steven Smith, CIO
Mark Neaman, CEO
Evanston, Ill.
Healthcare (e.g. Medical Services, Pharmaceutical, Biotech)
Revenue (2011):
$1.7 billion
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