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North Shore-LIJ Health System Investing $400M to Connect Up to 7,000 Physicians, 13 Hospitals with Electronic Health Records System
Date:10/15/2009

With national focus on health reform, NY hospital system looks to improve quality and efficiency by subsidizing docs to enroll in NY area's largest automated medical record system

GREAT NECK, N.Y., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today it is subsidizing up to 85 percent of the cost of implementing and operating an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in the offices of its more than 7,000 affiliated physicians in New York City and Long Island -- part of a $400 million investment to strengthen the quality of care throughout the region by automating inpatient and outpatient records in all medical settings, including 13 hospitals. In implementing the largest EHR program in the New York metropolitan area and one of the largest in the nation, North Shore-LIJ will provide physicians with individual subsidies of up to $40,000 over five years.

The North Shore-LIJ Electronic Health Record, powered by Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX), will be deployed this fall as part of a bold effort to drive unprecedented improvements in the efficiency and quality of care throughout the region. Embedded within the EHR are automated care guides that will help improve clinical care, prevent illness, and avoid medical and drug errors.

"While the Obama administration and Congressional leaders are still negotiating a comprehensive bill, the essence of real health reform is going to happen at the local level by optimizing technology and involving physicians who are directly involved in delivering care to the communities we serve," said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. "We're not going to measure our return-on-investment (ROI) in terms of dollars and cents; our ROI will be based on our ability to improve patient outcomes." As the fede
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SOURCE North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; Allscripts
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