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UPMC Begins to See Interoperability

February 25, 2008
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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Israeli integration software HIE company, dbMotion, have completed the first phase of a joint interoperability project. According to dbMotion, an initial group of UPMC caregivers will now have access to comprehensive patient information needed to advance the quality of care.

Centered on dbMotion’s SOA-based technology, UPMC’s interoperability platform creates an integrated patient record composed of a patient’s medical data maintained at facilities that otherwise have no common technology through which to share data, the company claims. According to dbMotion, this is accomplished without the replacement of existing information systems. This early phase also includes a first implementation of semantic interoperability, or the integration of data coded in different systems, to ensure that the true meaning of the information is presented to clinicians within their normal workflow, the company says. dbMotion touts its solution aggregates and integrates data from a wide variety of clinical systems at UPMC, including Cerner, Epic and McKesson.

UPMC is the largest integrated healthcare enterprise in Pennsylvania. The region’s largest employer, with 48,000 employees and nearly $7 billion in revenue, UPMC comprises 20 tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, as well as 400 outpatient sites and doctors’ offices.

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