Columbia Memorial Hospital serves more than 100,000 residents in the Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties of New York State. The hospital focuses on advanced surgery, primary care and health education. It is a 192-bed acute care hospital, operates a 120-bed long-term care site as well as 26 outlying primary and specialty care centers.

It is also an innovator in using healthcare IT to improve the quality and access to patient care in its community.

And for that, it has been named a Laureate by the prestigious Computerworld Honors Program, which recognizes organizations and individuals who have used information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better.

We’re especially pleased that Stratus, and our partners eClinicalWorks and VMware, were chosen by the Hospital and Cathleen Crowley, CIO, for a solution that met their objectives: creating a private cloud environment to make electronic medical records (EMRs) accessible across the many settings where patients receive treatment: the hospital campus, physicians’ offices and local nursing homes. The benefits were considerable – so too was the challenge of serving over 200 clinicians, in more than 25 locations, who would access patient records over a secure Web interface on a 24/7 basis.

Columbia turned to trusted partners in achieving these objectives and ultimately succeeding – Stratus ftServers and storage arrays form the core of this cloud infrastructure to ensure the uptime required while simplifying operations and management. Columbia selected eClinicalWorks for a robust ambulatory EMR solution which met the requirements across this broad set of users and facilities.  And implementing virtualization on the Stratus fault-tolerant servers with VMware allows Columbia to run the eClinicalWorks applications within virtual machines to increase flexibility and efficiency in delivering services within the data center.

Congratulations to Columbia Memorial for such a well deserved honor, and we at Stratus thank our partners, eClinicalWorks and VMware, for working together in creating a showcase that others can apply to their own environments.