Experts at Healthcare Conference Support Investments in the Health of Work Culture and Care Processes, Not Just Technology

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ORLANDO, Florida, March 9

- Attendees at The 18th CPM Resource Center Conference HearRecommendations for Change in the Stimulus Plan Era

The healthcare industry has a unique opportunity to make valuable use ofthe billions allotted for healthcare information technology transformation inthe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the "StimulusPackage," according to observations shared at the 18th CPM Resource Center(CPMRC) International Conference, held in Orlando, February 17-20, 2009.Rather than investing exclusively in new technologies, providers mustsimultaneously re-engineer workplace culture and patient care processes.

"We think there's an opportunity to improve patient care quality, butonly if we transform how information is processed and used in clinicaldecision making," said Bonnie Wesorick, RN, MSN, Founder and ChairmanEmeritus of CPMRC. "Investing in hardware and technology is important, butpeople, processes and work culture are equally important - we need to focuson balancing both sets of priorities."

The 18th Annual CPMRC International Conference was organized around thetheme of "think big, take risks, and partner now." The conference includedspeakers such as:

Clinicians and executives who attended the CPMRC event heard the valueand need for transforming the health of work cultures, advancing thefoundational skills of dialogue, partnership and Polarity Management(TM), tosuccessfully integrate and speed adoption of new technology to co-create thebest places to give and receive care. Spending money on new technology forthe sake of automating existing processes would be wasteful - CPMRC suggestsa better approach is to strategically select technology that is intentionallydesigned to enable interdisciplinary caregivers to provide excellent patientcare.

"The CPMRC Consortium provides great examples of what is working inhealthcare today and where time and money should be prioritized during thistime of stimulus funding," said Michelle Troseth, RN, MSN, Executive VicePresident and Chief Professional Practice Officer. "The road to trueinteroperability is expedited when you have intentionally designed automationthat supports standards of care that are evidence-based and then connectedacross multiple venues of care to achieve sustainable quality,patient-centered outcomes."

Recommendations for Change

CPMRC, which offers an evidenced-based framework with products andservices to help health care organizations create healthy work cultures andintegrated health systems, offers these recommendations for change in thestimulus plan era:

About CPM Resource Center

The CPM Resource Center (CPMRC) offers content, processes, tools andservices that support practice advancement, cultural transformation, infusionof evidence-based care, and interdisciplinary integration at the point ofcare. CPMRC's evidence-based products and professional services assisthealthcare organizations in creating a healthy work culture andinterdisciplinary integration using the CPM Professional PracticeFramework(TM) that supports and advances professional practice andappropriate standardization of care. The International Consortium of over 260rural, community and university settings connects clinicians and leaders toadvance clinical scholarship and research. Practice Education Partnershipsbridge the transition from education to practice in schools of Nursing andAllied Health. CPMRC is a business unit of Elsevier. For more information onCPMRC, please visit

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. Working in partnership with theglobal science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books peryear, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, suchas ScienceDirect (, MD Consult (, Scopus (,bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier ( is a global business headquartered inAmsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part ofReed Elsevier Group plc (, a world-leadingpublisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical,legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provideshigh-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasingemphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's tickersymbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK andENL (New York Stock Exchange).- Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., an internationally known pediatric neurosurgeon recently featured in a TNT television biopic called "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story," starring Cuba Gooding Jr.; - Laura Adams, MSN, RN, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute and member of the inaugural board of the American Health Informatics Successor, the National E-Health Collaborative; - Warren MacDonald, who became the first double above knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; and - Faith Roberts, BSN, RN, CRRN, who speaks across the U.S. and Canada on topics such as the socialization of nurses into the profession, humor, spirituality, and parish nursing.

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