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Aug 24 2011   12:58PM GMT

Addressing EHR implementation and the private cloud at Columbia Memorial

Posted by: Jenny Laurello
Cloud computing, Columbia Memorial, EHR, EHR implementation, Q&A, Virtualization and cloud computing

In early 2010, Columbia Memorial Hospital, based in Hudson, NY, launched its electronic health records (EHR) system throughout 26 clinical locations, covering 300 providers in Columbia and Greene counties. The hospital’s innovative approach to EHR implementation utilizing a private cloud network places it at the forefront of health care’s evolving model for efficient, cost-effective IT services. And while making the switch from paper records can be a daunting and expensive task, Columbia Memorial’s cloud model provides hundreds of practitioners with access to comprehensive EHR services without having to make their own costly investments.

“Implementing EHRs using a cloud model allows for less physical hardware to serve more users, and minimizes the IT management burden. These new servers allow the hospital to take advantage of the cost savings that come with this model of delivery,” noted Cathy Crowley, the hospital’s chief information officer. Columbia Memorial’s cloud network, hosted on a Stratus Technologies ftServer® system, has also gotten the organization some well-deserved peer recognition through Computerworld, as a Laureate Medal Winner in Healthcare in the Computerworld Honors Program 2011.

To learn more, please listen to the brief Q&A webcast with Crowley, where she sat down with the Health IT Exchange to shed some light on why the organization decided to move forward with a cloud platform. She also offers her best practice advice for provider IT leaders as they continue on their journeys toward paperless data exchange and EHR adoption.

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