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Physicians Conduct Research Studies in Minutes, Not Months, at Montefiore Medical Center
Date:5/4/2009

Breakthrough Software Taps Into Electronic Medical Records; Patient Privacy is Protected

NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clinical research studies at Montefiore Medical Center used to take months, required a committee of physicians and data experts and involved an elaborate research review process. Now, many of these studies are performed by a single clinician in a matter of minutes using a breakthrough software called Clinical Looking Glass (CLG).

"This remarkable software taps into the large pool of electronic medical record (EMR) data collected here over the past decade," said Steven Safyer, MD, president and CEO of Montefiore. "While EMRs have the ability to improve quality and reduce costs for single patients, CLG interprets this data for entire patient populations so that we can rapidly check the collective effectiveness of patient safety measures, conduct clinical research, and even comply with federal regulations. We believe it offers a glimpse into how health care informatics is shaping the future of medicine," said Dr. Safyer.

2,800 Queries Each Month: Improving Patient Care, Protecting Patient Privacy

Over 700 physicians at Montefiore have taken a three-hour training session to learn how to apply Clinical Looking Glass, which has been used to measure the impact of Medicare regulations on rehabilitation patients, quantify the reduction in radiation exposure for emergency department patients, provide data for professional articles on embolisms and hospitalists (hospital-based physicians), and check on a public health threat.

With clinicians conducting an impressive 2,800 CLG inquiries, or analytics, every month, CLG has become an integral part of the culture of health-care delivery at Montefiore, the Teaching Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Because all of the analyses can be run wit
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