Technology and innovation
Innovation has been a vital part of our network from the start. Community continues to seek and create new ways of delivering quality care and exceptional experiences for patients, physicians and employees. Below are numerous examples that demonstrate our innovative spirit.
- Community spearheaded an innovative health information exchange network that allows local providers to share medical information electronically—it’s now seen as a national model.
- Community has been an early adopter of electronic medical records, improving care and making life easier for physicians and patients.
- A state-of-the-art, 22,000-square-foot digital data center completed in 2009 connects 200 facilities, hospital and physician office EMR systems, and home health nurse charts. The data center houses all equipment used for clinical and administrative systems and utilizes self-sustaining generated power and uninterruptible power supply in case of disaster. More than 600 servers hold more than 50 terabytes of data.
- Community opened the first all-digital heart hospital in the world in 2003. In 2009, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, over 30 cardiovascular physicians and Community Health Network created Community Heart and Vascular, the first integrated model for cardiovascular care in central Indiana.
- Community has embraced the ambulatory surgery center concept, launched in partnership with physicians beginning in the 1990s under the name Community Surgery Center. Today there are outpatient surgery centers adjacent to the Indianapolis hospitals, as well as in Noblesville, Greenfield, Kokomo and Hancock County, and the network also operates specialized surgery centers in Indianapolis and Anderson that focus on the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal illness.
- Community houses four da Vinci Surgical Systems throughout its hospitals to offer patients the latest advances in minimally-invasive surgical procedures.
- In 2010, the “next evolution of health care” was ushered in at Community Hospital South through an expansion and renovation. In 2007, similar advances were made at Community Hospital North through an expansion designed with the input of physicians, nurses and patients.
- Community South’s expansion exemplified a commitment to green building practices, incorporating construction and design elements that are environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient. In 2007, the emergency room expansion of Community South was the first building project in Indiana to receive LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Community has been a pioneer in the single-room, labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum model of childbirth.
- At HomeHealthMedical.com, launched in 2010, customers can select from a wide variety of home medical equipment and supplies and have them shipped to their home. Additional online stores scheduled to launch in 2011 include FigLeaf Boutique, which offers specialty women's products, and Wellspring Pharmacy, the onsite pharmacy at Community Hospitals.
- By logging in to the myCommunity patient portal, patients can access 24-hour online health resources, find a doctor, request an appointment, and pre-register.