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Beaumont Named To Tech Innovators Toplist: Beaumont Health System has been named to the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The list was announced at an awards ceremony this week at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif. InformationWeek has identified and honored the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing for 23 years. “Working with technically savvy physicians and employees demands that we stay at the forefront of information technology to allow Beaumont to provide the best possible care to our patients,” says Subra Sripada, senior vice president and CIO for the Beaumont Health System. “We are proud to be recognized by InformationWeek as one of the nation’s top users of business technology.” Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with a total of 1,744 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and 3,700 physicians in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. In addition to its hospitals, Beaumont operates numerous community-based medical centers, family practice and internal medicine practices, five nursing centers, a research institute, home care services and hospice. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine that welcomed its first class in August 2011. More at www.beaumont.edu.
ProQuest named to InformationWeek 500: Ann Arbor-based ProQuest has ranked 65th in the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. ProQuest is best known for its creation of information and technology tools that support research. InformationWeek is a premier source of news and analysis of leading-edge products and vendors in the business IT industry. Its InformationWeek 500 list is considered unique among industry rankings for its spotlight on the power of innovation in information technology. This is ProQuest’s third consecutive appearance in the top 100 of the InfoWeek 500. The company is being recognized for its ability to navigate a highly competitive industry, where new market entrants come from non-traditional sources. ProQuest has continued to thrive through the development of services that enable researchers to discover, interact and use content. Particularly noted is the company’s engagement in partnerships that accelerate discovery of information that is often below the search radar. The judges also noted ProQuest’s acquisition of and investment in companies with specialized technologies that benefit research communities. Earlier this year, ProQuest acquired Ebrary, an e-book company. This union creates a uniquely comprehensive research content pool supported with data management tools. ProQuest also acquired LexisNexis’ Library Research Solutions, now ProQuest Government Information Systems. Within months, ProQuest announced a project that will digitize the vast library of primary sources from GIS, enabling users to easily access and search historical government documents — from presidential memos to congressional reports — that have been confined to archive boxes and microfilm, but will now be easily studied online.