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Hospital expands e-records project

El Camino Hospital's board of directors has approved $1.4 million to expand a project that assists local independent physicians to implement electronic health record systems in their private practices.

In an effort to demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health record systems -- and thus be eligible for federal financial incentives -- the hospital board allocated $4.2 million in 2008 to go toward assistance for 100 independent physicians in the community (all of them El Camino medical staff) to build up online medical record keeping infrastructure, according to hospital spokeswoman Judy Twitchell.

Since then, about 40 additional physicians on the hospital's medical staff have requested to be included in the El Camino eClinicalWorks Electronic Health Record Project, Twitchell said.

"Many independent physicians are struggling and they need support for implementing these electronic medical records," Twitchell said, adding that hospital board approved spending an additional $1.4 million on the project "for the good of the hospital, physicians, patients and community."

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Posted by Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

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