Carilion Clinic: Another Tech Award for Carilion Clinic - the "CIO 100" Ranks Carilion Along Side AT&T, Dell and GE, Showcasing IT Excellence

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Another Tech Award for Carilion Clinic - the "CIO 100" Ranks Carilion Along Side AT&T, Dell and GE, Showcasing IT Excellence

ROANOKE, Va. (June 1, 2009) – CIO magazine named Carilion Clinic a CIO 100 organization for excellence and achievement in IT, honoring Carilion Clinic’s Technology Services Group for their work creating and supporting IT infrastructure. This award recognizes Carilion Clinic’s electronic medical record (EMR) system implementation as one of the 100 most effective uses of information technology.

The CIO 100 awards honor 100 organizations that use IT in innovative ways to deliver competitive advantage to the enterprise and enable growth. Other 2009 CIO 100 recipients include AT&T, Dell and GE Energy, establishing Carilion Clinic as a national technology leader, not just among health care organizations but among businesses globally.

"I am very proud of the work that the Carilion Clinic EMR team has accomplished in the past 24 months. The physician leadership, clinical work and technical experience that we brought together allowed us to achieve one of the fastest and largest EMR and CPOE roll-outs in the U.S.,” says Daniel Barchi, chief information officer at Carilion Clinic. “Additionally, we have been able to begin to see the patient safety, quality improvement and clinical informatics goals we sought to achieve."

Carilion Clinic's EMR is an integrated system which allows physicians anywhere in the system or the world with Internet and security access to see a patient's full medical history, current medications, allergies, and conditions. It is significant in the world of online health care in that Carilion Clinic's IT team has moved all clinical operations from many disparate processes and databases into a single system and database, thus providing lifesaving technology to improve patient care.

The speed and success of Carilion Clinic's EMR roll out sets it apart from all other major hospital EMR “go-lives” to-date. Carilion Clinic replaced 11 different independent electronic and paper medical and billing systems with a single integrated medical record, converted 780,000 patient records from old systems into the new record which is the largest patient medical record conversion ever, and conducted the most aggressive roll out in the history of its vendor.

Carilion Clinic will officially be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony on Aug. 25. Information about the awards will be featured in CIO magazine and available online at