We know further.

About the Project

The University Hospital Zurich (USZ) offers medical care and cutting-edge medicine at various locations in Zurich. With around 900 hospital beds and almost 300,000 days of care, the USZ is one of the largest hospitals in Switzerland. “We know further.” is the motto of the USZ. And this is how the motto is implemented on the website.

  • Content Management System
  • Functionalities
    Active Directory Integration, ACF Template Builder, Concept Design, Custom User Permissions, Content Management System

Patients come first
The patients and their needs are at the forefront of the website. It imparts a lot of specialist knowledge on health topics that move people. Healthy people find out about everything from the right diet to winter flu, from the desire to have children to living wills. Sick people cover their need for information about diseases and treatment options in easily understandable clinical pictures and therapy descriptions. Anyone who is about to undergo an outpatient or inpatient procedure can find out more about the clinic, institutes and their medical and nursing teams on 43 clinic subpages. And finally, all questions about your stay and visit to the USZ will be answered.

The open source tool WordPress was chosen as the content management system.
WordPress has made great strides into the enterprise world in recent years. Global corporations such as Mercedes-Benz or the White House rely on the most popular CMS of all.

Decisive for the choice of WordPress as CMS were the following factors:

  • Simple and intuitive content editing in the backend by the content editors of the 43 clinics and institutes.
  • WordPress is very strong in terms of SEO and supports the concept of focusing on patients.
  • WordPress enables rapid and efficient implementation and further development, which is a great advantage in today’s digital world.
  • WordPress is open source and, therefore, license free.

Search is the focus
First, the users of the site are greeted by a search bar in the header banner. It enables direct and quick access to the extensive range of content. The open source enterprise search tool ElasticSearch is used. ElasticSearch is a scalable RESTful search engine that convinces by speed, performance, granular and fine tuning for relevance.

When searching for people, clinics and therapies, the USZ also uses search mechanisms, supplemented with sophisticated filter options.

Secure transmission of form data
Referrers can use forms to transfer patient data to the USZ in a structured manner. For maximum security of these data, the system has been completely separated from the website. The content management framework Drupal was used because it allows very granular settings for the transmission and storage of data, and offers convincing security features.

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