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Northwestern Medicine International Health

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
This website looks great on mobile devices!
Brief Overview 

Northwestern Medicine has a worldwide reputation and serves many patients from abroad. However, prospective international patients had little opportunity to learn about Northwestern Medicine's services other than indirectly through word of mouth and referrals.

The Northwestern International Health website was published to enhance patient services from the moment of discovery. Available in Arabic and Spanish as well as English, the site addresses the needs of many of its core international patient base.

This Drupal international healthcare website "takes it to the user" on the devices of their choice and in their language. The Drupal platform conveniently accommodates multiple languages including the special character set and right to left flow of Arabic. The responsive design integral to the Sasson theme enables the site to serve site visitors regardless of the size or format of their device.

Launch or Publication Date 
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Northwestern Medicine International Health - Physician pageå
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Sasson theme
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

The heart and soul of this project is the Sasson theme which provided the development team with a mobile first responsive layout and converts the core template files to HTML5. The theme provides greater control of the front end via the theme rather than putting that display at the mercy of interpretation by various browsers.

Owner's Name 
Northwestern Medicine
Development Company 
Duo Consulting
Duo utilizes Drupal open-source technologies to create content-rich websites accessible through traditional and mobile platforms. Duo is committed to supporting the Drupal community through its membership in the Drupal Association, sponsorship of U.S. Drupalcons including Portland, contributed module development & maintenance, host of the Chicago Drupal Meetup Group and more.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal is the selected platform for this project because it permitted us to begin development with a distribution that already incorporated much of the functionality the project required. The reduced development testing and quality assurance time required translated to lower cost of development and faster time to completion.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

The goal of the site is mobile friendly and responsively designed website is to provide both prospective patients and their referring physicians a resource for learning more about the capabilities of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. The site provides profiles of the most commonly referred specialties including

  • Cardiology and Heart Program
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Transplantation Program
  • Urology

Additionally, each physician associated with each specialty is identified and a full career biography including board certifications, career highlights and clinical areas of interest is identified.

The site provides a simple mechanism for referring physicians to refer patients directly to Northwestern Medicine.

For patients visiting Chicago from abroad, the site also provides some tourist highlights to welcome visitors.

Type of Nomination 
Additional developers