- California: Bob Farrell, founder of Sacramento-based Sutter Medical Group, is retiring after 43 years of practice in pediatric medicine. Farrell came to Sacramento in 1974 after working for three years as an army physician. According to Becker's Hospital Review, news of Farrell's retirement has been accompanied by support from patients and families who have been seeing Farrell for generations (Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/28; Gonzalez, KCRA 3, 6/27).
- Michigan: Mark LePage will serve as the first physician CEO of IHA, which is a member of Trinity Health. IHA spokesperson Amy Middleton said LePage will assume the post in late summer or early fall, succeeding IHA founder William Fileti, who passed away in April. LePage is currently serving as CMO at Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin (Frank, Crain's Detroit Business, 6/28).
- North Carolina: As part of an effort to better coordinate patient care, Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System are combining their medical records to make them accessible to providers at both systems. Providers will be able to access patient demographic information, test results, medical diagnoses, and visit summaries. Novant CMO AJ Patefield said, "Our goal is to ensure our providers have the most up-to-date information and give them the opportunity to spend more meaningful time with their patient versus tracking down test results or clinical data" (Seaman, Triad Business Journal, 6/28).
Reduce hospital mortality with the help of an EMR
Electronic medical records (EMR) have a role to play in mortality reduction. Computerized practitioner order entry (CPOE) and electronic order sets are the key EMR capabilities that can help reduce hospital mortality, but changes in process, culture, and individual behavior are also necessary.
In this report, we present six hospital case studies to illustrate the impact of EMR on mortality, identify the mechanisms by which EMRs could help reduce hospital mortality, and zero in on the specific functionality that might have the greatest impact.