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Gwinnett Medical Center Featured Among 2011 InformationWeek 500 Top National Technology Innovators

11.08.2011

Multi-Lingual Pagers for Families of Patients Improve Experience

Monarch Beach, Calif.—Gwinnett Medical Center announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. This is the third consecutive year Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has appeared in this national ranking. The GMC system includes hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville and provides acute care, outpatient services, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services.

Recently, GMC added multi-lingual text capabilities for families of patients in surgery. It’s this project that caught the attention of InformationWeek experts.

According to GMC’s Rick Allen, assistant vice-president of information services, “we have built a communications program that marries technology and patient experience by providing patient updates via text to families and friends in Spanish and English. Some examples of messages that families could receive include surgical updates or where to meet the surgeon after the surgery is complete.”

“For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “In this day and age, however, being innovative isn’t enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators.”

GMC’s new system also provides greater flexibility to the families who can now leave the hospitals but remain in communications with medical staff through the paging system. Information technology specialists at GMC will add a third language, Bosnian, to the communication system by the end of 2011.

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders. Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.

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