Kansas CMIO and Illuminate® advocate honored for innovative IT use

Nov 27, 2012, 10:15 ET from Softek Solutions

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Greg Ator, CMIO at the University of Kansas Medical Center and an original development consultant with Softek Illuminate®, has been named one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists by Modern Healthcare for his use of patient-care data to improve clinical and financial performance.

Dr. Ator, also a practicing otolaryngologist and associate professor, is a leading advocate among medical professionals calling for more access to patient data, data that can be used to improve patient care and further research. Modern Healthcare honored him as KU's "leading physician champion in the development of the O2 clinical information system, which combines an EHR with elements aimed at eliminating redundant testing and expediting delivery of clinical information to relevant providers." 

Dr. Ator's passion for giving clinicians easy access to their data led to KU's adoption of Illuminate®, the free-text medical search engine that collects a patient's radiology, pathology and lab results from electronic medical record systems and then displays these relevant reports when radiologists and pathologists open new exams for that patient. Softek is demonstrating Illuminate® at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting this week at Chicago's McCormick Place in booth 9141.

"The information in our EMR system holds great potential to improve patient care, but clinicians are tired of battling the EMR to find that information. So they're ecstatic to have patient histories delivered by Illuminate® right to their workstations," said Dr. Ator.

Softek CEO Matt McLenon said, "We congratulate Dr. Ator for his dedication to incorporating new technology to improve healthcare. We're excited to be working with such a visionary as we develop easy ways for clinicians to access the data they need to care for their patients."

Under Dr. Ator's leadership, KU has become a leader in healthcare delivery and education. In September, the Kansas City, Kansas, hospital was ranked third in quality and safety in a national study by the University HealthSystem Consortium of 101 of the top academic medical centers. U.S. News and World Report ranked KU among the nation's best 50 hospitals in 10 specialties and rated it No. 1 overall in its region. This past summer, the KU Cancer Center received a National Cancer Institute designation, the highest recognition for an academic cancer center.

For more information, contact Lee Lueck, 913.981.5285, lee.lueck@softekinc.com, www.softekinc.com/illuminate.

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