OU School of Community Medicine Joins IBM

The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and IBM will build a primary care practice model that will meet President Obama’s vision of an information-based, connected healthcare system.
The project will begin at the physician’s practice level and will include the digital health information technologies required to help doctors deliver coordinated and patient-centered care.
“All Oklahomans can be proud that, after looking at the qualifications of medical schools in the nation, IBM selected the University of Oklahoma as its partner,” said OU President David Boren.
This new program, which marks IBM’s first “medical home” pilot with a medical school, includes 355 physicians and connects clinical data from 11 different EMRs between hospitals, physician offices, local ambulances, fire departments and patients.
The U.S. Healthcare system faces many communications challenges. The average Medicare patient sees more than five different providers each year. This means that potentially critical clinical information is stored in five different sets of medical charts. Even if each of the doctors has an electronic medical record system, the data will remain locked in separate silos, preventing the providers from effectively coordinating patient care beyond the boundaries of their own practices.
Increasingly, physicians are seeking ways to efficiently and affordably jumpstart the use of interconnected and digitized healthcare systems to help them reform a fractured healthcare system. IBM and OU will produce a working model of an EMR-enabled medical home practice that can be adopted by health systems and primary care practices across the United States to provide patients with the personalized, information-based care needed to improve healthcare delivery.

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