Pittsburgh’s largest health care provider continues to receive accolades as one of the most wired and tech savvy health care systems in the country.

In recognition of its profitable technology strategies, Information Week selected UPMC as the top company in the Information 500 ranking in 2013.

Not only has UPMC been lauded for its cutting-edge approach to patient care through its online platform HealthTrak, but it continues to roll out new technologies for patients and professional staff.

UPMC HealthTrak was launched in 2007, an online service that gives patients instant access to healthcare services at UPMC and their own personal records. The system provides access to doctor’s offices, medical diagnoses, lab results and history as well as renew and track prescriptions, request appointments and offer billing assistance.

ChildrenPGH was launched last year, an app for patients of Children’s Hospital of UPMC. The app is one of the first of its kind in the country, providing parents with information on pediatric symptoms to consider before making a trip to the emergency room.

Also in development is an iPad application for doctors called Convergence through a partnership with Cerner Corp., GE, Microsoft and Intel. The platform allows doctors to pull information on patients from multiple data systems, fast and efficiently, and recommends a clinical pathway in the treatment of a range of conditions. The software will be piloted in the cardiology department this summer.

All the technologies are developed in house at Technology Development Center, UPMC’s tech incubator, located in the same building as Google in Bakery Square.

The company has more than 120 employees and plans to hire substantially over the next two years.

Deb Smit

Deb is an award-winning journalist who loves ancient places and cool technologies. A former daily newspaper reporter and Time-Life Books editor, she writes mostly about Pittsburgh. Her stories have appeared...