Establishment of E-Health Network for Disasters and Healthcare Improvement: Integrated Medical Information Technology System Partner concept between Academies and Medical entities Yukako Yagi University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Background: Why E-Health Network?.
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Establishment of E-Health Network for Disasters and Healthcare Improvement: Integrated Medical Information Technology System
Partner concept between Academies and Medical entities
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
In March 1, 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated that:
“use of information technology is key”
Employees Healthcare Improvement: Integrated Medical Information Technology System
More than 35,000
More than 5,000
20 + Overseas hospitals
Primary Service Area
29 western Pennsylvania counties
UPMC Doctors' Offices
More than 400 throughout the primary service area
More than 65 hospital and outpatient facilities in the growing UPMC Rehabilitation Network
Retirement and Long-term Care
8 skilled nursing units in hospitals12 freestanding facilities offering independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing options
UPMC has established Telemedicine Network through the system:
Facts and Figures
The partnership is defined as the Integrated Medical Information Technology System (IMITS) Program.
The Multi-specialty Tele-consultation Demonstration Project was divided into the following areas:
I. Project Set-Up
Confirm project governance and organization structure.
Confirm project roles and responsibilities.
Confirm communication structures.
Confirm methodology approach.
Conduct application education and training.
Document functional and technical requirements.
Assess hardware, interfaces and network.
Document software requirements, conversion decisions, and data standard initiatives.
Identify training needs and sites.
Complete system design.
Develop conversion specifications and interface specifications.
Identify data standards and file setups, customizations, and security requirements.
Complete system build.
Begin programming conversions, interfaces, and customizations.
Develop new policies and procedures.
Develop menus, forms, reports and screens.
Define testing scope and approach.
Identify testing team.
Develop integrated and product specific test plans/scenarios.
Conduct testing – system acceptance, unit, application, integration, stress, security and network/communications testing.
Develop training plan and materials.
Schedule and conduct user training.
VII. Conversion/Post-Live Support
Develop go-live plan.
Identify support team for go-live.
Determine conversion downtime requirements and system freeze dates.
Prepare contingency plans.
Identify post-live issues team.
Initiate post-live support and transition.
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Platelet Gel Therapy
Simulation and Training
Distributed Imaging and Workload Balancing
1. The civilian counterparts, particularly in developing countries are interested in implementing information technology that eliminates inefficiencies, increases utilization and improves quality of care, while also lowering administration costs. Given the limited manpower and resources facing the military non-civilian and private sectors, improved information technology and management will be the foundation for quality health care.
2. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has also some other partnership models and close cooperation with Italy, Czech Republic, Brazil and China and is looking forward to cooperate with Arab Region as well
3. One of these models of partnership between the university and medical entities can be applied in case of Arab nations region.