Special Report Digital Hospital

The Digital Hospital

Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., is one of the country's most technologically advanced hospitals. Administrators have spent $72 million over several years building a sophisticated network that allows doctors and nurses to order prescriptions via computer, chart patients' progress electronically, and more. Thanks to dozens of different technologies that are layered onto the system, Hackensack is saving lives: Patient mortality has dropped 16% since 2001. Here are some of the technologies now deployed at the hospital.