Electronic Medical Records Get Another Fillip in the Healthcare Industry of usa
Maimonides Medical Center is a thriving non-profit, non-sectarian hospital that is the pre-eminent treatment facility and academic medical center in Brooklyn, and also among the best in the USA. Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the USA.
Recently Maimonides Medical Center turned to Verizon Business to design and deploy a high-capacity, resilient optical network, connecting the medical center’s main campus buildings and 24 remote locations throughout Brooklyn.
The new network, which Maimonides began to transition to in March, enables the secure and rapid transmission of electronic medical records, providing physicians at Maimonides and affiliated institutions with complete patient medical histories, including doctors’ orders, prescriptions, lab results and radiology films. By eliminating the cumbersome process of transferring paper records between physicians and among various healthcare facilities, Maimonides hopes to reduce medical errors, eliminate duplicative testing and deliver improved patient care at a lower cost – providing critical, comprehensive clinical information directly at the point of care.
Verizon Business is a unit of Verizon Communications; is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. It has impressive global network along with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, which enables Verizon Business to deliver innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.
According to Walter Fahey, the Chief Information Officer at Maimonides, “Immediate access to electronic patient records can help enhance the speed and efficiency of health care as we know it today.” He added, “Working with Verizon Business, we are on the road to making traditional clipboards and paper records obsolete. The new network supports our current requirements and provides a secure and scalable platform for our future initiatives.” Steve Young, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Markets for Verizon Business averred that “Verizon Business is helping Maimonides and other health care providers transform the way they do business, to provide better care for patients.”
The new Maimonides network will also serve as the foundation for the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIE), a regional healthcare network scheduled for launch in 2008. Designed to meet the federal call to action to transform the delivery of healthcare through regional collaboration, the BHIE will aid the development of electronic medical records and promote interconnectedness among Brooklyn-based clinicians.
SCS’ Hospital Information System for Shanghai Gleneagles
Singapore Computer Systems Limited (SCS), a leading information and communications technology service provider in Asia with its headquarters in Singapore, has completed the implementation of SCS integrated Hospital Information System (iHIS) for Shanghai Gleneagles International Medical and Surgical Center (Shanghai Gleneagles), which opened on 9 May 2007. Shanghai Gleneagles, part of Parkway Holdings Limited (Parkway), is a premium day surgery centre offering one-stop medical consultations and surgical treatments at a convenient and prestigious location in the heart of Shanghai. Parkway Holdings Limited is one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia with operations across Singapore, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Brunei, and China.
“SCS congratulates Parkway on the opening of Shanghai Gleneagles, a fully digital medical centre. We are pleased that the implementation of SCS web-based dual language integrated Hospital Information System, iHIS, for Shanghai Gleneagles was a success. The close collaboration between the SCS and Shanghai Gleneagles teams ensured that the implementation was well managed. SCS hopes to extend our partnership with the Parkway Group and be the healthcare IT service provider of choice as they expand in China,” said SCS President and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Tong Hai. Dr Jonathan Seah, Chief Executive Officer of Shanghai Gleneagles and Group Vice President for Parkway Holdings North Asia, conferred, “We are pleased that SCS delivered a secure, reliable and scalable solution that enables Shanghai Gleneagles to better service our patients, whom we call our guests, in order to emphasise our focus on five-star service quality.” The high-speed telemedicine and videoconferencing network connects Gleneagles with doctors from the Parkway Group in Singapore, and other countries.
W. Europe attracting best Doctors
A high demand for doctors across the EU, coupled with the extremely low wages paid to doctors in Romania, presents a new challenge — the drain of much-needed doctors who are heading westward. Doctors in Western Europe earn almost ten times as much as their Romanian counterparts. More than 50% of Romanian doctors and 75% of medical specialists plan to leave the country and continue their practice in Western Europe, a survey by the Iasi County Medical College shows. The Iasi survey also shows that 61% of the doctors described the country’s healthcare system reform as stationary, and 21% thought that the reform will be ineffective.
Siemens Medical Solutions Ensures Remote Diagnosis of Medical Imaging Systems
Siemens Medical Solutions is perhaps one of the first manufacturers of medical systems worldwide to implement an internationally valid information security management system (ISMS) for the remote service of medical devices. This has been certified by T