Advocate Health Care, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, is one of the America’s top 10 health systems. It operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children’s hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (Illinois’ highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health care companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its three major teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $474 million in charitable care and services to communities across metropolitan Chicago and Central Illinois in 2010.
Challenge: Provide Superior Technology and Support to Caregivers
Modern medicine depends on computer technology. Even the most basic of procedures, a physical checkup, begins with a physician typing a patient’s medical history into a laptop. And the advances that improve health care and help extend life spans—MRI scanners, X-ray machines, blood analyzers, etc.—all run on technology. But who keeps the technology running? Health care IT departments. “It’s not an overstatement to say that in a patient-care setting, the role of IT can be a matter of life and death,” said Dan Lutter, Director, Field Technology Services for Advocate Health Care. “
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