Touted by its backers as the “most advanced specialty hospital every built,” the all-digital Indiana Heart Hospital was on schedule to open its doors last month. The 210,000-square-foot facility features the latest in medical technology, including an information network that makes patient information available at a keystroke. In photos taken about a month prior to the hospital’s opening, technology is omnipresent.

 The all-new, all-digital Indiana Heart Hospital (Indianapolis) was on schedule to open its doors to patients on Monday, Feb. 17.

The $60 million, 210,000-square-foot facility features 88 patient beds, 32 outpatient rooms, four surgery suites, six cardiac catheterization labs and a cardiac emergency department. It was built from the ground up on the campus of Community Hospital North belonging to the Community Health Network (Indianapolis), one of the partners in the joint venture.

The other partners in the venture are the Network’s cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, and GE Medical Systems (GEMS of Waukesha, Wis.).

The photos on these pages were taken in January during an authorized Indiana Biomedical Society conference tour. At that time, work on the hospital was continuing in preparation for its February opening.

The basis of the hospital’s highly touted information technology installation — its digital workflow — is the Centricity Information System from GE Medical Systems Information Technologies (GEMSIT), which eliminates the need for medical record storage rooms, paper charting areas and central nurses stations. The Centricity system includes modules specialized for the emergency department, intensive care units, operating rooms, recovery rooms, general care floors and physician order-entry.

To purchase the full text of this article, click here…