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Carolinas HealthCare System Named 2013 InformationWeek 500 for 8th Consecutive Year

Carolinas HealthCare System ranks No. 109 on this year’s InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the U.S. Carolinas HealthCare System is being recognized for its medical smartphone app to improve patient education and post-operative quality of life. This is the eighth consecutive year that the System has been recognized, and in 2012 the System was ranked No. 234.

“As the healthcare industry continues to rapidly evolve, we are honored to be recognized as transformational national leaders who are effectively and efficiently utilizing technology to support our caregivers and patients to attain our vision and accomplish our mission,” said Craig Richardville, senior vice president and chief information officer of Carolinas HealthCare System.

There's an App for That

Carolinas HealthCare System was named to the 2013 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators for CeQOL, Carolinas Equation of Quality of Life, a free mobile app developed for pre-operation hernia patients and their physicians. Although hernia repair is considered a very common operation, the System’s research discovered chronic pain was the number one complaint for hernia patients after surgery.

“CeQOL can help determine the likelihood a patient will have post-surgery chronic discomfort,” said B. Todd Heniford, MD, FACS, chair of the System’s Carolinas Medical Center Division of Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery and director of the Carolinas Hernia Center. “The app uses a proven set of criteria including a patient’s medical history, demographic information and prior symptoms to give a patient a quality of life score to start a dialogue with the patient and their physician before surgery. CeQOL allows surgeons to better identify patients where alternative surgical or non-surgical strategies should be considered, and improves patients quality of life by providing them more detailed, informed consent with realistic expectations regarding post-operative pain.”

CeQOL was published in the Apple App store for download in 2012, and has subsequently been downloaded by care providers and patients around the world. Carolinas HealthCare System also has a consumer app, Carolinas, to help patients find a doctor, request an appointment or see the wait times for numerous facilities. Patients can also use Carolinas to find out about cancer clinical trials. OneCarolinas is a mobile app for the System’s employees for easy access to insurance plans, maps to facilities and discounts to retail stores and restaurants.

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. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con‐Way, and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.

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