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GE Healthcare to Work with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – EHR to bring the alerts to the desktop for affected pati

Posted Apr 06 2009 7:50pm

This is an example of public and government working together.  This will be interesting to see how this works with CDC being able to send an alert right to the physician’s desk.  When alerts are sent out, the electronic medical records system will be able to query and locate the patients affected by the alerts that are sent from CDC.  BD 

GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, has announced a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Public Health Informatics. The project will demonstrate the capability of a public health agency to utilize electronic medical record (EMR) systems to provide clinicians with timely, patient-specific information at the point of care.

CDC routinely disseminates important health alerts, advisories and notifications 'via email and on the agency's website' to public health practitioners and clinicians. The pilot program will explore the feasibility of creating and integrating actionable alerts with GE's Centricity EMR system based on patient record content, using a standard messaging format. The project will determine the EMR's ability to identify specific patients with risk factors related to the health condition identified in the alert, enabling clinicians to immediately act on the alerts by addressing the impacted patients. Additionally, the development of a feedback mechanism to capture the provider's response will be explored.

'GE is excited to partner with CDC on this project to facilitate the ease of information-sharing between health organizations,' said Dr. Brandon Savage, Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare IT. 'Our goal is to leverage national data sources on disease states and improve the ability to recognize trends across communities, state lines and regions. Actionable EMR alerting will enable healthcare professionals to identify and control outbreaks before they turn into epidemics

GE Healthcare to Include Urgent Public Health Alerts in Electronic Medical Records

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