IBM launches new EMR software, scores software installs

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Capella Healthcare, Memorial Hermann Hospital System (MHHS), and Trillium Health Centre have deployed IBM software to help deliver real-time access to clinical and business information across multiple systems. Additionally, IBM has debuted a new suite of healthcare information sharing and analytics technologies in China, designed to enable the sharing of EMRs.

MHHS in Houston adopted IBM software and services in concert with IBM Business Partner CGI's Sovera to provide 24/7 web-based access to patients' financial information, such as copies of patients' insurance cards. MHHS has an integration between its IBM-CGI Sovera content management solution and their Cerner Millennium EMR clinical application providing physicians and clinicians access to information anywhere and anytime.

The Brentwood, Tenn.-based Capella Healthcare securely shares digitized information for all of its outpatient services, including laboratory services, electrocardiograms, diagnostic imaging, as well as physician and nurse practitioners' notes.

Using IBM business intelligence software, Trillium of Mississauga, Ontario, can now have real-time, accurate insight into length of stay for patients, ambulatory services, rate performance, staff retention and budgets.

Outside the United States, IBM has launched of a new suite of healthcare information sharing and analytics technologies at the Guang Dong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The new system, called Clinical and Health Records Analytics and Sharing (CHAS), is designed to enable the sharing of EMRs that incorporates traditional Chinese medicine and modern Western medicine data across the hospital network.

By integrating health records that combine Eastern and Western medicine into one standardized system and applying sophisticated analytics, CHAS can also provide a way for healthcare practitioners to more deeply understand which treatment plans and techniques from each approach work best for specific diseases and medical conditions, IBM said.

Eventually, this aggregated information could help practitioners develop highly personalized treatment plans for patients that incorporate aspects of both modalities, according to Lv Yubo, president, Guang Dong Hospital of TCM.