EMR Pilot for Urgent Public Health Alerts is Launched | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

EMR Pilot for Urgent Public Health Alerts is Launched

April 6, 2009
by root
| Reprints

GE Healthcare (United Kingdom) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Public Health Informatics in a pilot project to notify physicians of urgent public health advisories, notifications and alerts. The company says the pilot project is designed to demonstrate the capability of a public health agency to utilize EMRs to provide clinicians with timely, patient-specific information at the point of care.

CDC routinely disseminates important health alerts, advisories and notifications — via e-mail and on the agency’s Web site — to public health practitioners and clinicians. The pilot program, the company says, will explore the feasibility of creating and integrating actionable alerts with its Centricity EMR system based on patient record content, using a standard messaging format.

GE says 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, it says the development of a feedback mechanism to capture the provider’s response will be explored.



Report: Healthcare Organizations Struggle with Human Error in Securing PHI

In the first nine months of 2017, unintended disclosure accounted for 41 percent of healthcare data breach incidents, according to a report from specialist insurer Beazley.

Three More Providers Receive 2017 HIMSS Davies Awards

Three patient care organizations have received the 2017 global Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for healthcare technology innovations that improve patient outcomes.

Medtronic, American Well Team Up to Integrate Telehealth Capabilities

Medtronic and American Well announced a partnership to offer a telehealth solution focused on the unique needs of the complex, chronic, co-morbid patient population.

Medsphere Merges with RCM Vendor Stockell

Medsphere Systems Corp., developer of the OpenVista electronic health record, is merging with Stockell Healthcare Systems, which offers a suite of revenue cycle management tools.

Report: Insider Threats to Patient Data Remain Unnoticed

Of the reported healthcare data breach incidents that occurred in September, it took an average of 387 days for healthcare organizations to discover a breach had occurred, according to a report from cybersecurity software company Protenus.

Reports: Ex-Pharma Exec Alex Azar Emerges as Trump’s Top Pick for HHS Secretary

President Donald Trump could be on the verge of tapping Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and George W. Bush administration official, as the next HHS Secretary, according to media reports.