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July, 30th 2009
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Following is a guest post from Dan Pelino:

Health care reform is dominating conversations around the country…including heated discussions around many kitchen tables. I heard a lot of it during my trip this week to Cincinnati, where I met with health care providers and pharmacy benefits management companies.

Amidst the heated debate in Washington, President Obama’s vow to provide every patient with an electronic medical record by 2014 may seem like a distant memory. But it’s very much a reality at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, which operates six hospitals throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

steSt. Elizabeth Healthcare is building Kentucky’s largest electronic medical records project, connecting dozens of hospitals, clinics and physician offices. Digital files will replace a warehouse full of paper-based records on more than 50,000 patients, and real-time digitized information will help deliver better care to thousands of patients.

It all began when St. Elizabeth acquired St. Luke’s Hospitals in Kentucky last year, long before the current administration arrived in Washington, D.C. Both hospital systems had self-contained medical records that didn’t connect with other medical providers. The merger gave this healthcare system the opportunity to look at their situation with fresh eyes and develop a system to help its doctors, nurses, pharmacists and technicians work smarter and in a more connected fashion.

This September St. Elizabeth Healthcare is rolling out the system in doctor’s offices, and then to clinics and ambulatory care sites — including six hospitals, nearly 1,000 physicians, 31 primary care doctor’s offices and four imaging centers and clinics.

Whether a patient visits a doctor’s office, an acute care hospital, or an ER, all health care professionals will have an instant, total view of the patient to coordinate care across an extended team. It will also lead to greater transparency for patients. They’ll be able to access their digital medical records and see lab results, schedule appointments and get referrals online. Doctors and nurses will be able to see real-time patient information, EKGs, x-rays, scans and prescriptions, leading to better care with fewer errors.

Digital records lead to better care at lower cost, but St. Elizabeth’s is hardly in the majority. A mere 1.5 percent of hospital systems in the U.S. have a comprehensive electronic records systems. Only about one-sixth of the population in the US is covered by an electronic health record. But more than 12 percent of the people in Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area will have electronic medical records when the St. Elizabeth’s project is completed next year. That’s smarter health care.

Dan Pelino is general manager of IBM’s Healthcare & Life Sciences business.

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September 3, 2014
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July 12, 2013
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May 16, 2013
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If digital records can lead to better care at lower cost, we wish the systems being followed all over the country,,…

Best practices are always implemented here. Sure no compromises are made. That’s smarter health care for.


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December 21, 2010
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August 5, 2009
10:30 pm

Of course, being in IT myself I welcome any improvement to the information infrastructure but maybe I see it as a given, regardless of other legislative reform that may take place.

Our work at Passport-Nebo focuses on taking on the complexity of claims and contracts to find underpayments to hospitals. I’m not sure how that fits into the scheme of things regarding healthcare reform. Another product we have developed provides patients with a cost estimate of procedures allowing them to shop around. This might be considered more of a free-market approach to reform.
It sounds like you are doing some interesting work with the EMR.

I didn’t mean to sound critical. This is all good stuff.


Posted by: Rick Derer
 
August 5, 2009
7:26 am

Rick, appreciate the comment and point. I think the issue is the EMRs are a piece of the reform that needs to come. EMRs are really a first step in a broader change (reform?) to bring better processes and analytics to the healthcare system. True, I don’t think it has an effect on some of the other issues being discussed, like the current debate around universal healthcare, but without EMRs some of the other proposed changes in our healthcare systems aren’t possible, no?


Posted by: Adam Christensen
 
August 3, 2009
5:39 pm

Though a useful task in itself, I don’t see the electronic medical records project making a dent in healthcare costs, portability or access to insurance. So I think the word ‘reform’ doesn’t really apply and is misleading in the title of the article.

Maybe ‘Infrastructure Upgrades in Kentucky’ would be a better title.


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