ABOUT BANNER HEALTH
Across all states, many district
organizations provide health care in the United States. In US, private sector
businesses largely own and operate health care facilities. About 58% of hospitals
in US are non-profit, 21% of hospitals are government owned, and 21% of
hospitals are for revenue and profit. As per the data collected in 2014 by the
World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spending on health care per
capita ($9,403) and on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.1%) is more than
any other nation.
Banner Health is among 58% all non-profit
health systems in the United States. It is based in Phoenix, Arizona. As a
nonprofit organization, it exists to support its charitable mission of
providing excellent health care services to the communities it serves, rather
than to generate income for investors or stockholders. About 28 hospitals and facilities,
that are specialized in different areas of health care, spanned across 6 states
come under Banner Health system. It is one of the largest health system in the
United States with over 50,000 employees and largest health system in Arizona
state. It provides emergency care, hospice care, long-term care, home care, laboratories,
rehabilitation services, out patient services, hospital care, primary care, and
pharmacies. Banner Health system reported assets of $6.4 billion and revenues
of $4.9 billion in 2010.
The primary need of new capital
in Banner Health system is the maintenance of and improvement in existing products,
facilities, and products. In last few years, Banner has moved beyond
maintenance and invested in emerging technology and innovation to provide
excellent patient care. For instance,
Banner Health has invested in a multi-year
project, Our Care Transformation initiative, worth more than $100 million, that
unites practices with cutting edge technology in clinical care such as automated
alerts, computerized physician order entry systems, and electronic medical
records to provide better care to patients.
Banner Health’s investment in its 28 hospitals
and facilities over the years has made them part of an elite group of hospitals
in the United States amidst prevalent electronic medical record use.
Banner invested in a program called iCare, that is
present in all intensive care unit beds across the seven states, in remote
audiovisual and information technologies to form a remote monitoring solution to
continuously monitor patients remotely.
Banner’s invested in the field of child birth to
ensure safety of women in labor process by using OB system technology that sends
alerts when there are any contraindications in care. It has improved clinical
documentation and labor tracking system.
Banner’s investment in Robotic technology has
helped patients to recover quickly after surgery. Robotic technology provides
options to surgeons other than traditional during surgery.
Banner Health invested in the United States’ one
of the largest Simulation Education Program. This program has helped millions
of health are professionals by providing the trainings on clinical care.
One of the best partnerships that Banner Health
has made with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to create new
body – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center that offers comprehensive cancer care
to the patients. Care provided to patients includes radiation oncology and pediatric
Banner Health merged with the University of
Arizona Health Network in Tucson to form Banner – University Medicine in 2015.
This merger has helped many students of medicine research, teaching, and
patient care as part of academic medicine.
As the organization is growing with
various mergers and acquisitions and with an eye on the future to work with edge
cutting technologies to provide better facilities to patients across the
country challenges are bound to come in the journey. One of the challenges or a
step in improving its services is to have singular customer experience across
all lines of service. Today’s landscape contains aging and redundant systems
supporting different business segments for both customer facing and internal
applications. Banner Health’s rationalization effort will be focused on
replacing, retire, modernize or consolidate applications across the portfolio
of around 200 small, medium and large non-clinical applications.
Banner Health wishes to drive cost
savings in application and infrastructure maintenance and support by
consolidating the application portfolio across the enterprise and improving
business and customer continuity. It wants to identify the applications with Protected
Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data and
tag the applications with security and access related vulnerabilities.
end applications development is the answer to the challenge. Front end as name
suggest is the face of the application, thus visible to customers, that has features
to take inputs from the customers, users, and anyone who has permission to
access the application. Front end applications can have features related to any
department of organization such as Marketing, Laboratories, Clinical health
center. There are various technologies present in the market that uses software,
such as open source- free software that can be used without giving any
subscription fee and closed source software- software for which license must be
purchased from the parent company to use, to help companies to develop applications.
technologies to develop front end applications are listed below.
for web applications that have data that changes over time.
Node.js– To say Node.js
is just a framework will be wrong. It is not only a framework but complete
environment. It is useful in cases where large number of simultaneous
connections to deliver high performance network are require.
Rails- Ruby on Rails (RoR) is free of cost and runs on Linux operating
system that is also open-source. Biggest advantage is that it is easy to use compare
to all the scripts available to develop web based application.
is a PHP framework that is useful to create scalable websites that are flexible
to changing business requirements. It can work with largest open source
platforms such as PHPBB, Piwik, and Drupal.
ASP.NET- ASP.NET is
a powerful tool for creating dynamic websites, rich web applications and web
portals. .NET is an open source framework with market share is close to 15%.
Meteorjs- Meteor is
a framework for rapid software development. It is a framework made up of a
collection of libraries and packages that are bound together.
CakePHP- CakePHP is
an open source web development framework that can help in developing web
applications in a structured and rapid manner. Detailed documentation and
practical guides are available with the framework to make coding or development
of web site easy. Even the usage of old codes through this frame can be done
easily thus making application development hassle free.
team member I have figured goals to achieve as listed below.
Transfer – Being in a team with my fellow batchmates that are having common interest
as here it is in Health Care industry, I would like to learn as much as
possible from them as well as like to share my knowledge with them along with
the delivery of usable solution to the client.