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St. Elizabeth Healthcare Drives Kentucky's Largest Electronic Medical Records Initiative With IBM
Date:7/29/2009

ARMONK, N.Y., July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that St. Elizabeth Healthcare is connecting hospitals, clinics and physicians offices in Northern Kentucky in the state's largest roll-out of electronic medical records to improve patient care and lower costs.

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Today, only 1.5 percent of U.S. hospital systems have a comprehensive electronic records system putting St. Elizabeth Healthcare at the leading edge of nationwide efforts to modernize health care and meet the nation's goal of providing every patient an electronic medical record by 2014. The system is expected to replace a warehouse full of paper-based records on more than 50,000 patients in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare system.

"This represents an important step and a unified foundation to deliver better care to our patients," said Alex Rodriguez, chief information officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare. "Today, only about one-sixth( )of the population in the US is covered by an electronic health record. This major initiative will mean that more than 12 percent of the population of Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area will have an electronic medical record. Regardless if a patient is seen at their physician's office, an acute care hospital or the emergency room, caregivers will have deep insight into patient history and care can be better coordinated."

The new system is expected to help improve the quality of care each pat
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