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Healthcare Innovation Advice for Technology Leaders

Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 31, 2011

The innovative attitude at Texas Health Resources has resulted in several unique technology programs. Among them:

  • Personal health devices to monitor patients and keep them out of the hospital, including blood pressure cuffs and personal EKG devices.
  • A "Connecting Babies" program that allows parents to check on their infants in neonatal intensive care units via video. It includes a social media element that lets parents and caregivers interact.
  • A venous thromboembolism calculator that alerts physicians when a patient is at risk for a VTE and automates the calculation process that docs use to create orders, replacing the old paper-based system. Since introducing the app, VTEs are down 20%, Marx said, and the process takes about half the time.

 "When you innovate, you save people's lives," Marx said. "If you don't innovate you will perish."

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