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

ient receives by providing better access to patient information, a complete view of patient history, medication and treatment plans, and even faster access to lab results to make better, more informed decisions.

It will make it easier for patients to obtain prescriptions electronically to reduce medical errors, cut drug costs and save doctors and patients' time and money. Patients will also be able to access their medical records, get lab results, schedule appointments and get referrals online. With the click of a mouse, doctors and nurses will be able to see real-time patient information, lab results, EKGs, x-rays, scans and even prescriptions, making it faster and easier to make a more effective diagnosis and treatment plan.

Plans for this new integrated system were underway before the federal government turned its focus to electronic medical records as part of economic stimulus efforts. However, the new EMR system at St. Elizabeth Healthcare meets the requirements for hospitals and doctor's offices and is well-positioned to meet all criteria for stimulus funds. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that mass adoption of systems such as this one could result in savings of $12 billion over 10 years.

The roll out of the new system is focused first on doctor's offices which will begin in September, and then clinics and ambulatory care sites within St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The entire system including all six hospitals, nearly 1,000 physicians, 31 primary care doctor's offices and four imaging centers and clinics is expected to be fully connected in one unified system by fall 2010.

This system uses Epic's software and is powered by IBM Power 570 and 550 servers running AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system.

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