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2009 Vision Award for Business Impact

Category: Data Access, Integration and Executability
Implementation Site: Ochsner Health System
Solution Provider: Initiate Systems, Inc.

Description: Ochsner Health System is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty health care delivery system including seven hospitals and 35 health centers throughout SE Louisiana. Since Hurricane Katrina, Ochsner has been on the front lines of population shifts. As many residents return to the area it has been difficult to obtain demographic and medical information as patients moved between facilities.

Business drivers: The electronic health record (EHR) system is in the news these days. Basic data processing functions such as patient identifier continue to be a challenge since every system, including Ochsner's 11-hospital system, is an island. The systems do not interoperate.

Business benefit: The ability to link and effectively manage customer/patient information is key for any business. The ability to take that information and make it particularly effective for a demographic and geography under duress is particularly impressive, in fact, visionary.

Business value: Initiate generates unique patient identifiers. This unique identifier does a great deal of work for the system, and it is really quite innovative in context. Master data management (MDM) and model-driven design at a new level of interoperability are the result. In addition this system becomes a lightning rod for contributions around data quality, governance and integration.

Judging comments: "I think that Initiate has a great story about providing not just organizational value but customer value - GREAT application of technology to solve a big customer issue," "Initiate System has mastered master data management across a complex multi-local hospital system, enabling the electronic medical record (EMR) and transforming healthcare in America." " Healthcare is a complex vertical with many challenges, Initiate system addresses them well. Deduplication, improved data and information quality and 'selling' the idea and functionality of an EHR are all worthy goals. Congratulations for furthering the cause!" "The unification of more than 40 institutions seems to be delivering substantial benefits and forming the foundation for future offerings."