From the approximately 46 free-standing children’s hospitals in the US1, many organizations have long operational histories, embedded systems and ways of working which date back decades.
As a younger hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is more nimble: it isn’t weighed down by complex legacy systems of the past. Instead it is rapidly adopting and adapting technology in new ways to benefit its patients and shape its future as it grows.
“Our people are very entrepreneurial and are always trying new things… so fundamentally we’re still seeking out the personality of the hospital as we move forward,” says David Higginson, Chief Information Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Phoenix Children’s strategic technology vision hinges on one thing: data. By embracing innovation and technology the hospital uses data to solve problems, finding new ways to improve its operational efficiency and benefit its patients, whether that is through advanced diagnostic imaging, the use of data lakes and repositories, or harnessing real-time data to monitor critical clinical indicators such as hospital re-admissions.