Progress Software has announced that Hartford Hospital, in Connecticut in the US, is a finalist in IDG's Computerworld magazine Best Practices in Business Intelligence award.Hartford Hospital is a tertiary medical centre and has been recognised in the Expediting Information, Delivery, Retrieval, Reporting and Analysis category.

The awards identify and acknowledge excellence among users of business intelligence (BI), while the "Expediting Information Delivery, Retrieval, Reporting and Analysis" category specifically recognises companies that demonstrate best practices for moving from ad hoc query/OLAP to scorecards, dashboards, enhanced visualisation, and predictive modelling, enabling users to mine and access data on their own while maintaining standards, quality and consistency.
This year, Computerworld had over 2 500 applicants for the Best Practices in Business Intelligence Awards Program.
Hartford Hospital was recognised as a finalist for the organisation's use of Progress EasyAsk for Operational BI which provided the hospital with easy, secure and efficient access to enterprise information stored in multiple databases and applications.
Prior to implementing EasyAsk, the IT department spent hours each day pulling data from disparate systems. With Progress EasyAsk for Operational BI, Hartford Hospital administrators and clinicians can swiftly make informed decisions that improve patient care and streamline business operations.
"In our industry, access to the right information at the right time can mean a world of difference," says Jack Alberti, director of IT Special Projects at Hartford Hospital. "The payback on a system such as EasyAsk is clear and present. Our end-users in clinical and non-clinical areas don't have to wait for critical information."
Ron Milton, executive vice-president at Computerworld comments: "The organisations and professionals judged to be finalists in Computerworld's 2008 Best Practices in Business Intelligence Awards Program have unlocked the true value of business intelligence and applying analytics to their advantage."
"Hartford Hospital's selection as a finalist in Computerworld's Best Practices in Business Intelligence Award recognises their commitment to providing the best patient care possible by granting their staff with secure and fast access to the most up to -date information so that they are better able to provide superior medical care," says Larry Harris, VP and GM of the EasyAsk division.
"Accurate information is critical in a hospital setting, where the difference between knowing and not knowing can not be overstated. Progress EasyAsk for Operational BI empowers employees with access to the information necessary for making informed and timely decisions through its ability to allow users to input natural language questions and get quick and accurate answers in return."