Clarian Health adopts a new identity

LifeLine is painted with the IU Health Logo and colors
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Indianapolis - Clarian Health is now "Indiana University Health."

Clarian will officially adopt the new identity in a special dedication ceremony on Monday.

The new name affirms the health system's partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation's largest medical schools.

You can already see the sign at Riley Hospital for Children has been changed from Clarian Health to Indiana University Health and a Lifeline helicopter is now painted with the IU Health logo and colors.

"Our research shows that the words Indiana University health are powerful in convincing people they have made the right decision and are assured they've done the right thing," said Dan Evans, CEO IU Health.

However, administrators say this is more than marketing. They say the partnership will bring more important changes for patients and better access to care.

Electronic patient records will be streamlined so you could be getting a procedure done at one hospital, but have a radiologist at another read your CT scan and send the diagnosis to your doctors with the click of a button.

You'll also have access to IU's clinical trials. There's a database online where patients can find a trial that meets their needs.

"Patients and their families will shortly see more evidence of coordinated care. They should make fewer phone calls and it should be easier to make a multitude of appointments," Evans said.

The switch-over, including name tags, badges and signs on every hospital will take some time, but the main hospitals downtown will see the change first. Officials would not comment on dollar amount of the investment.

The dedication ceremony is at 1:30pm Monday at the IU Health administration building.