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in the country. The company manages 28 acute-care hospitals nationwide and employs more than 30,000 people. The Chief Executive Officer Alan Miller told Forbes Magazine earlier this year that they are implementing the latest tools and equipment into the company's hospitals. He feels that's what makes them more successful than other hospitals. He further states that it cant be expected of doctors however good to give proper medicine if there is no proper tools.

Manatee Memorial's started digitalising the patient records in December 2004. The system helps keeping record and track of everything from admitting records to lab and radiology reports. It can also access insurance information and link with other pertinent hospital information. Lakewood Ranch Medical Centre, which opened in September 2004, uses the electronic patient record system. It was also one of the first hospitals to implement the Siemens Sorian system, a sophisticated new hospital information system that records and maintains information electronically. With the new system the clinical staff can access patient records securely and also helps in making patient care more efficient, from diagnosis to treatment to billing, Lubben said. This has resulted in reduced costs for the hospital since it reduced the cost of archiving and retrieving paper files.

Lubben further stated that in 2004, Universal Health Services also invested into a new digital system for X-rays and radiology tests for the Manatee County hospitals. Thereby there’s no need for doctors to now wait for x-ray prints but can easily access the patient X-rays electronically through the computer. This has helped in improving services for the patient through quicker access to reports, by faster distribution through the hospitals and if necessary between two different hospitals. Also stating that the nurses and clinical staff at Lakewood Ranch Medical Centre also use a digital order entry system that allows them to do their
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