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District of Columbia Primary Care Association Selects Microsoft Amalga to Improve Patient Care for the Underserved
Date:6/24/2008

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Implementing Amalga will give physicians at Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center real-time viewing of up-to-date patient information stored in systems of the RHIO-affiliated health centers. This capability will allow DCPCA to help achieve its overall goals for the RHIO, including improving chronic disease management, quality monitoring and research ability; minimizing duplicative work (e.g., lab tests); reducing costs; evaluating critical health indicators on an ongoing basis; and giving patients security-enhanced online access to their health information.

"I congratulate Microsoft on its participation in the D.C. RHIO," said Dr. Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary for Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services. "Information technology in healthcare has the ability to transform our current health segments into a true healthcare system that serves the needs of all consumers and brings timely information to appropriate providers caring for consumers as patients. During this time, when we are just beginning to develop the interoperable networks, it is crucial that today's medically underserved communities are included in these efforts."

WHIE also has implemented Microsoft Amalga to accomplish its vision of "improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and accessibility of healthcare and public health." WHIE's Emergency Department (ED) Linking Project is a pilot project that has 11 Milwaukee metropolitan hospitals providing data to the exchange with clinicians in the first three emergency departments now reviewing data from the exchange on all patients as part of day-to-day clinical practice.

"With WHIE, ED clinicians have a perspective of their patients' history previously unknown to them," said Kim R. Pemble, executive director for WHIE.

Tools in WHIE, such as Clinician Communication Messages, enable communication among clinicians and set the stage for community-level, patient-
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