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PHILADELPHIA - For the second year in a row, Penn Medicine has been ranked in the top 10 in this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100, an annual list of U.S. businesses from all industries that use innovative and leading information technologies to run their business. Penn Medicine placed fourth this year across all industries and is being recognized for the implementation of Penn Signals, a real-time big data platform used to generate multiple predictive applications delivered to clinical teams. The success of this project is directly related to the collaborative efforts of the Information Services department and the Office of the Chief Medical Information Officer.

“Recognition of Penn Medicine by Information Week for this prestigious award further validates the collaborative spirit that exists between Information Services and our clinical community to significantly enable the advancement of care to our patients,” said Michael Restuccia, vice president and chief information officer for Penn Medicine.

Penn Signals was designed by the Penn Medicine data science team led by chief data scientist Mike Draugelis. It is built on an open source technology platform that combines data points from an individual patient’s electronic medical record with data from the Penn Data Store (a data repository containing years of clinical data from many patients). 

Together, these sources are used to define patterns in patient conditions and inform the attending clinicians of best treatment practices. This powerful mix of data, clinical expertise, and cutting-edge methods in predictive data science combine to provide secure text alerts that prompt clinicians to take quick action to intervene when they have the very best chance of making a difference.

Penn Signals was first used to create a way for clinical staff to better monitor heart failure patients. The Penn Signals Heart Failure project, lead by Jo Anne Fante-Gallagher, director of Quality & Safety Heart & Vascular Service Line, allows enrolled patients to more smoothly transition to home care after being discharged. The information collected via Penn Signals sends alerts to care teams on patients who are hospitalized so patients can receive targeted interventions from the department readmitting the patient.

Penn Medicine Information Services’ fourth place ranking was announced publicly May 2nd at the InformationWeek Conference in Las Vegas. This is InformationWeek’s 28th year identifying and honoring the nation's businesses who demonstrate the most innovative use of information technology. The InformationWeek Elite 100 research tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the country.

The full list can be found on http://www.informationweek.com/elite100.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

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