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"Our vision for technology is hard wired into our mission to continually improve patient care, to remain at the forefront of innovative research, and to ensure the next generation of physicians are well prepared for the challenges awaiting them," said Dr.
UT Southwestern's latest efforts have focused on expanding technology to enable patient information to be accepted from both internal and external sources, including physicians not associated with UT Southwestern.
"We added health information systems so that we can get a complete view of the patient," said
An important part of that effort is to continue integrating patient information into electronic health records by making MyChart more easily accessible through smart phone applications. MyChart allows patients to make and track appointments, see test results, communicate with physicians and nurses, and carry medical records easily in their pocket through phone apps. In addition, an increasing number of people are using the apps to help manage healthcare needs for elderly parents and children.
Videoconferencing also is playing a greater role and will be fundamental to UT Southwestern's new
UT Southwestern also is expanding its telemedicine efforts, particularly in areas such as heart care, stroke, and transplant medicine, allowing videoconferencing with patients not in the immediate area and working with physicians to provide the benefit of UT Southwestern's expertise.
"We are able to bring the best care at a moment's notice through the use of technology,"
For example, SMART Board technology is integrated throughout the
Data warehousing - compiling large databases - helps medical researchers identify and investigate trends, determine which new technologies are most effective, and identify those most at risk. Investing in the ability to develop data warehouses is fundamental to UT Southwestern's distinctive mission as an academic medical center.
Testing new technologies prior to large rollouts, as well as ensuring data remains secure, are critical elements of UT Southwestern's technology strategy. The medical center's information technology development was driven by a 2002 gift from an anonymous donor who challenged the university to develop an IT infrastructure that would augment the quality of care provided to patients. Additional donations ensured that this infrastructure was used to drive patient-centric innovation and improvement.
"We're always pleased to be able to offer our patients the latest and greatest technologies. But effectively using that leading-edge technology to improve patient care and safety is a compelling commitment at UT Southwestern," said Dr. Meyer.
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