Catholic Health Initiatives Launches $1.5B Clinical Information Technology Program

Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives will hire more than 200 specialists across the country as part of a $1.5 billion program to enhance clinical information technology across its network of 72 hospitals in 18 states, according to a CHI news release.

The project, which will be implemented over the next five to seven years, is among the largest information-technology initiatives of its kind in healthcare. It includes a system-wide electronic health record in both acute-care and ambulatory settings, a health information exchange and physician and patient portals.

"Catholic Health Initiatives has launched a national clinical information-technology program that is very ambitious and very comprehensive," Cristina Thomas, CHI's vice president for clinical information strategy, said in the release. "We need the best people available to supplement our existing staff and to help us achieve our goal, which is to put new electronic tools to work for patients, clinicians and providers. We are making an aggressive effort to hire the best candidates for these important positions."

More than 100 positions are expected to be filled in the next three months to support the project. An additional 100 positions will be filled over the next 12 months, according to the release. 

Read the release on the CHI clinical information technology program.

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