Advancing Power of Medicine With IT

Healthcare Information Technology Services at The University of Kansas HospitalAt The University of Kansas Health System, it may be easy to imagine Healthcare Information Technology Services as just computers and technical help, but it's much more than that.

The department's 269 employees are working to advance the power of medicine through advancing the power of technology. They take pride in directly supporting those who support patients.

"Our doctors are saving lives. They shouldn't worry about logging into a computer or worry if our network systems will go down," said Susie Farkas, director of applications. "The technology we provide is an extension of their job. It's our job to make sure it's efficient and natural."

When applied to healthcare, IT provides a comprehensive management system for health information. From patients to providers and insurers, IT allows health system staff to access patient information seamlessly, accurately and securely.

Nationwide, IT departments have become one of the most promising tools for improving healthcare quality, safety and efficiency. A yearly study from Hospitals & Health Networks magazine ranks the country's "Most Wired" hospitals. Our facility has made the list eight years in a row.

Some of the HITS team's biggest initiatives include development of analytics applications that help staff easily find data relating to patient safety and hospital quality metrics.

Another is the health system's electronic health record system, O2. It continues to expand to new areas, such as MyChart, which allows patients to communicate quickly and securely online with their care teams, pay bills and see lab results and other records.

HITS impacts non-patient and behind-the-scenes operations, too. The department supports 40,000 separate wired networking ports and 700 wireless access points throughout the hospital and clinics, with everything from ventilators to food orders using the infrastructure.

"Think about IT in our personal lives – your iPhone, laptop or iPad. IT is no longer a 'nice to have' but a necessity," said Chris Harper, director of business architecture. "It's the same with business. Whether a doctor, nurse or new building, it all touches IT. We are proud to support the health system with the best technology."

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