Hospital to Join Accenture’s Connected Health Initiative
PALO ALTO, Calif.; Sept. 2, 2010 - Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will work with Stanford Hospital & Clinics on a seven-year, connected health technology initiative to improve patient care and operational efficiency. The effort will continue to advance Stanford’s patient care platform, which connects the hospital and outpatient clinics to create a near-paperless electronic medical record.
Under the agreement, Accenture will work with Stanford to enhance clinical processes and deploy new capabilities, including business intelligence, health analytic tools and patient-centered technology. Accenture will assume certain operational and administrative responsibilities for Stanford Hospital’s information technology environment.
“Our goal is to utilize technology to benefit patients while assuring that we have the most advanced capabilities and a cost-effective solution for managing operations,” said Carolyn Byerly, Chief Information Officer, Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
Stanford Hospital will migrate to Accenture’s virtualization offering, which will be a key component of the hospital’s new technology infrastructure. Accenture will manage applications and infrastructure including applicable data centers, network, help desks and device support.
“Few hospitals have reached Stanford’s technology sophistication and application of IT to patient care. We are honored to have been selected to help achieve their technology vision,” said Mark A. Knickrehm, global managing director of Accenture’s Health industry practice. “The use of IT in healthcare is growing dramatically and our support to Stanford Hospital demonstrates the value of Accenture’s connected health vision to hospitals.”
Stanford Hospital earlier this year received the highest level designation for its electronic medical record system from theHIMSS Analytics Database, the industry organization focused on the use of information technology in health care. Stanford Hospital is the fourth healthcare organization and one of only six nationwide among more than 5,000 in the HIMSS Analytics Database to achieve this top-level designation, known as Stage 7. Stanford Hospital was recently named to the “Most Wired” list in the annual Hospitals & Health Networks survey.
About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of "America’s Best Hospitals," Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. It is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit http://stanfordmedicine.org.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 190,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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Peter Y. Soh