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Harrington Hospital awarded $600K records grant

Project to unify hospital, satellite office records

The computers that run the cancer center’s radiation treatment machinery. (click for larger version)
February 15, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Harrington Hospital received a grant for just under $600,000 to implement electronic medical records late last week as part of a federal effort to expand use of information technology in healthcare.

"We're really starting to take a more longitudinal view," said hospital CFO Thomas Sullivan. "Right now, we're working to get everybody up and running. Next, we'll work on … getting interoperability working."

Essentially, the hospital sees the $599,476 project as having two key parts. Staff at the hospital itself are building records based on the "more episodic" visits there, which "build off the last event." Affiliated doctors in the satellite offices, however, have records of a "more lifetime" nature, and are working to enter them into their office systems. Going forward, the goal is to make the two systems seamless, Sullivan said.

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