Monday, June 27, 2005

Arbinger of Things to Come

HealthLeaders on Monday looked at Jacksonville, Fla.-based Baptist Medical Center South, which opened in mid-February and has an $8 million health IT package that includes clinical documentation, a picture archiving and communication system, medication tracking and computerized physician order entry. Hospital bylaws stipulate that physicians must use electronic medical records, which can be accessed via desktop computers, mobile computers on wheels and tablet PCs, HealthLeaders reports. When designing the hospital, Baptist Health CEO A. Hugh Greene made two mandates: The first was that there be thorough training and user support for IT applications, and the second was that there be sufficient access portals for all IT.

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