Medical Group Eases the Pain of Health Records Management Using EMC Technology and Services
The University of Miami Medical Group includes more than 800 physiciansacross a dozen South Florida hospitals and other locations. As the first steptoward an electronic medical record (EMR) system, UMCET teamed with EMCservices and support to create a customized health record management systembuilt upon the EMC ApplicationXtender document management platform. Patientdata, medical records, clinical notes, lab reports and other electronicinformation are received from the hospitals' registration systems,transcription systems and other applications. The electronic data is thenintegrated with paper clinical charts that are scanned and indexed at thepoint of care. UMCET uses ApplicationXtender to manage the clinicaldocumentation and EMC DiskXtender(R) to archive the scanned images.
"We were challenged to improve our current EMR and in doing so, needed apartner that would react quickly to our needs," said Oscar Perez, IT Directorat UMCET. "EMC delivered on this need, and provided us with a reliableplatform on which we built a customized solution for our physician communitythat fits well within their routine business practices."
Using ApplicationXtender Web Services API, UMCET built an intuitive userinterface that resulted in widespread adoption by physicians -- a criticalchallenge often faced in the medical community when transitioning to an EMR.Web-based access to the clinical repository now allows physicians at anylocation to access electronic patient charts using an Internet browser. Withfaster, easier access to patient information, physicians and staff can providebetter care for clients.
By having ApplicationXtender Web Services API installed, UMCET implementeda highly-customized user interface with advanced sorting and filteringcapabilities -- making it easy for doctors to gather information aboutpatients and quickly learn where they have been treated in the past and whattreatments were performed. Additionally, the ApplicationXtender platformallows the medical group to manage the many different parts of a health recordwhile ensuring the security of private patient information, consistent withthe requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of1996 (HIPAA).
Martin Hadida, Manager and Lead Software Developer, Enterprise IntegrationOffice at UMCET said, "EMC is a strong leader in the content managementindustry and their tools have been easy to customize and extend to suit avariety of different needs. As a software developer, I appreciate how EMC haskept up with emerging technologies such as Web services."
UMCET won the 2006 Excellence in IT Leadership Award for the State ofFlorida for the hybrid medical record system it created using theApplicationXtender software platform. The group plans to expand the system toadditional sites and teaching hospitals throughout the state of Florida.
"UMCET is a great example of how organizations can leverage EMC's contentmanagement and archiving solutions as a critical part of their informationinfrastructure," said Mark Lewis, President, Content Management and ArchivingDivision at EMC. "We are pleased that, in such a short amount o
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