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Meditech
Health Information Systems
Kristy Trumble
September 15, 2012

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Meditech……………………………………………………………………….2 Meditech Product Uses………………………………………………………2 Meditech Integration………………………………………………………….4 User Friendliness…………………………………………………………….5 Benefits………………………………………………………………………..6 Implementation Process……………………………………………………..7 Findings Analysis…………………………………………………………….8 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………….8 References…………………………………………………………………….10

Meditech

“I wanted to create a company ever since I was in college. When my frat brothers went on to high paying jobs in private industry, I went to work in the computer science lab at Mass General Hospital. The position was funded by the National Institute of Health making anything I developed public domain. Curt and I developed MUMPS and used it to launch Meditech.” This was a quote from A. Neil Pappalardo who was one of the founders of Meditech. Neil Pappalardo, Morton E. Ruderman, Curtis W. Marble, Jerome H. Gorssman, and Dr. Edward B. Roberts founded Meditech and in July of 1969, EG&G invested five hundred thousand dollars in the company. The full time staff included Ruderman as president and Pappalardo and Marble as everything else. On August 4, 1969, Meditech was opened for business and Larry Polimeno was hired as the first employee. Also in 1969 the writing started for MIIS ( Meditech Interpretive Information System) and this becomes the first template for MUMPS standard in the ANSI format. From 1971 to 1979, various systems were developed such as auto parts distribution systems, hotel chain reservation systems, and Hong Kong Telephone Company Inquiry system as well as systems for an international oil company and a cola company. In 1973 a Patient Medical History Module was developed. Doctors wanted a “problem oriented” system for their outpatient dispensary that serviced naval personnel and their dependents. The result of this was the first on-line, medical record system for outpatients. In 1977, the first MIIS LIS was installed at a Swedish Hospital in Seattle Washington, the writing started for MAGIC, and a billing/accounts receivable product was released. Throughout the years, other products and services were released such as an accounts payable product, anatomical pathology product, general ledger products, ect. EHR stands for electronic health records. An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a medical record or any other information relating to the past, present or future physical and mental health, or condition of a patient which resides in computers which capture, transmit, receive, store, retrieve, link, and manipulate multimedia data for the primary purpose of providing health care and health-related services. EHR records include patient demographics, progress notes, SOAP notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports (N.A 2012). The benefits of EHRs are: The information gathered by the primary care provider tells the emergency department about the patient’s life threatening allergy, so that care can be adjusted appropriately, even if the patient is unconscious, a patient can log on to his own record and see the trend of lab results over the last year, which can help motivate him to take medications and keep up with the lifestyle changes that have improved the numbers, lab results that were run a week ago are already in and in the record to tell the specialist what he or she needs to know without running duplicates, and finally the clinician’s notes from the patient’s hospital stay can help inform the discharge instructions and follow-up care and enable the patient to move from one care setting to another more smoothly (healthit.gov 2012). Meditech is used in a variety of areas in health care and other organizations. Some of these areas include but are not limited to: Administrative, departmental or clinical, patient care or advanced clinical, patient...
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