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Virtua earns position on Information Week's 500 list

Virtua placed among the top 500 technology innovators in the US and is named to this year’s InformationWeek 500 list. Virtua is ranked at number 201 breaking into the top 250 for the first time.

"The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer‐focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor-In-Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business — or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way."

In 2012, Virtua completed a major innovation milestone with the creation of a private Health Information Exchange that serves various healthcare providers in Virtua’s tri-county market in southern New Jersey. Its initial roll-out included 16 major health care providers and institutions, including 6 hospitals, a large rehabilitation hospital, 2 major commercial laboratories, 2 regional diagnostic imaging (radiology) providers, one national nursing home chain, and several physician offices. New participants continue to be signed-up in 2013. Virtua uses the HIE platform provided by Alere Accountable Solutions.

“Sharing electronic personal health information (EPHI) among a person's health care providers can ensure that the patient is prescribed the most appropriate treatment based on his or her medical history,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. “Connecting the physician ambulatory record to the acute record, to our health information exchange platform, and then of course to our electronic medical record creates an efficient platform for population health management.”

The information shared can include reports about illnesses, treatments, allergies, medicines and test results. The HIE allows physicians and other caregivers to see a more complete picture of a patient’s health history, thus enabling more informed treatment decisions and the ability to coordinate care more efficiently.

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.  

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.