Get Ready for the New World of Interoperable IT

Ken Terry

March 1, 2005

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Get Ready for the New World of Interoperable IT

Originally Published MX March/April 2005

IT IN HEALTHCARE

The national move toward interoperable electronic health records is a train medtech manufacturers can't afford to miss.

Ken Terry

Thomas W. Smith, chief information officer for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (Evanston, IL), is feeling frustrated. For an entire year, his department and GE Healthcare (Waukesha, WI) tried to figure out how to transfer images from the hospital's GE Marquette electrocardiographs (ECGs) into the healthcare system's Epic electronic health record (EHR) system. The ECGs can send typed reports into the system, and the reports even contain links that allow doctors to view electrocardiograms on-line. But the method GE finally came up with to transfer the images was too cumbersome for the floor nurses to use. Also, the printed electrocardiograms don't scan well into the electronic record, says Smith.

Thomas W. Smith

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