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IBM, Oklahoma school team up for medical homes project

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 27, 2009

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The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine has teamed up with IBM to build a community-wide medical home model.

The project is scheduled to begin in the offices of 355 primary care physicians who will be equipped with the information technology required for coordinated care efforts. The project will connect clinical data from 11 different electronic health record systems to physicians, hospitals and local fire departments and ambulances.

IBM will be providing information-exchange technologies along with EHRs and portals. The company will collaborate with the university to design health analytics to determine value from the clinical data exchange. The two will also team up on research projects, including one looking at how human factors and technology interact in health care delivery.

Research also will be conducted on how patients can most efficiently communicate with their physicians and how technology can strengthen the patient-doctor relationship.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/04/27/bibf0427.htm.

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