Sunquest Information Systems Announces Winners of the Client Innovation Awards

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Award recognizes innovative uses of laboratory information systems

Sunquest Information Systems Inc. today announced three winners for the company’s annual Sunquest Client Innovation Awards, a recognition given to Sunquest clients who took an innovative approach to improving laboratory operations and patient care through Sunquest solutions.

Winners were selected by Sunquest and SUG Inc., the Sunquest user group organization, from applications submitted from the Sunquest client base of more than 1,700 laboratories. This year’s selected organizations include:

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) received the award for innovation in diagnostic communities. Leveraging Sunquest and existing technology, UPMC connected their hospital laboratories to their ambulatory locations, creating an interoperable infrastructure that enabled them to entirely eliminate paper processes. With this new solution they implemented electronic lab orders and automated specimen collection label printing, while integrating clinical test results with physician and hospital EMRs and improving turnaround time of results to patients.
  • BSA Health Systems is recognized for innovation in public health management and keeping the community happy and healthy. Several times a year, BSA Health Systems hosts public health fairs, providing free laboratory tests to improve population health. In spite of the goodwill nature of the health fairs, they created a considerable strain on staff and resulted in laboratory delays. With Sunquest specimen tracking and collection solutions, BSA improved results turnaround time by up to 48 hours.
  • Carolinas HealthCare demonstrated innovation in transfusion management for system-wide transformation, improving process inefficiencies and reporting errors related to blood transfusions. By implementing Sunquest’s bedside solution across 12 hospitals, four rehab facilities and more than 8,000 users, Carolinas HealthCare eliminated documentation errors and improved the safety of blood transfusions across their institution, ultimately enabling them to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 certification at two facilities.

“We are excited to recognize and promote this year’s winners,” said Corinne Tso, vice president of marketing for Sunquest. “Each organization is a valued and integral partner to Sunquest and to the larger Sunquest client community.”


About Sunquest Information Systems

Sunquest Information Systems Inc. provides laboratory information systems to more than 1,700 laboratories. Since 1979, Sunquest has helped laboratories across the world optimize financial results, enhance efficiency and improve the quality of patient care. The company’s singular focus on diagnostic innovation has delivered solutions that offer unique support for complex testing, enable community-wide connectivity and can be used at the point-of-care. Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, with offices in the United Kingdom and India, Sunquest is a global leader in healthcare information technology. For more information, visit

About SUG Inc.

The Sunquest User Group organization SUG Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation, whose members are Sunquest clients, with the objectives to provide education about the Sunquest products to all users, help drive future Sunquest product enhancements, and facilitate networking opportunities for Sunquest clients. These objectives are accomplished by SUG Inc. via the Special Interest Group (SIG) and Regional User Group (RUG) processes, as well as through the annual Sunquest User Group (SUG) meeting. SUG Inc. works very closely with Sunquest, on behalf of all Sunquest clients, in the oversight and development of all educational opportunities and Sunquest product enhancements, striving to help our users provide the best and safest healthcare to all their patients and organizations. For more information, please visit

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