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Health care informatics

Health care Informatics

Brian LaFaille

ISM 158: Professor


Article summary
Article Summary

  • Advocate Physician Partners (APP) [largest network of independent physicians in the Midwest] is partnering with eClinicalWorks to implement one of the biggest medical record information systems in the country.

  • The APP-eClinicialWorks partnership will offer, “ real-time access and updating of patient information anytime, anywhere and enhance communication between providers and patients.”

  • Approximately 75% of Americans receive their medical health care from doctors in small practices, however less than 15% of physician groups are using an Electronic Record System.

News Source:

Healthcare IT News; “Midwest’s largest health system implements EMR’s”; March 29, 2010; Mike Milliard (Managing Editor)

Article summary cont
Article Summary (cont.)

  • Recently passed legislation, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is providing $18 billion in electronic medical records-related incentives.

  • “It is clear that the federal government agrees with APP’s positive evaluation of the potential of EMR to reduce health care costs and improve outcomes. Leveraging technology has the potential to have many positive effects on the entire health care system in this country.” - Lee Sacks (chief medical officer for Advocate Health Care/ president of Advocate Physician Partners)

  • Advocate Physicians Partners has begun a pilot program in preparation of a phased implementation process that will get more than 1,200 physicians in 400 offices up and running on the EMR platform by mid-2012.

News Source:

Healthcare IT News; “Midwest’s largest health system implements EMR’s”; March 29, 2010; Mike Milliard (Managing Editor)

What does this mean for the health care industry
Whatdoesthismean for the health care industry?

  • New trend in growth and use of information in the healthcare industry.

  • Newly implemented 360 degree view of the patient including medical issues, past surgeries, insurance information, medical images, prescription information etc.

  • The future migration and use of Electronic Medical Records and EMR systems in healthcare networks across the United States, particularly with the newly passed ‘Health Care Reform Bill.’