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GBMC adds health information technology tech tools

GBMC Healthcare has enhanced its use of information technology in ways it said will improve and lower the cost of care.

The system - which owns Greater Baltimore Medical System, Gilchirst Hospice Care and Greater Baltimore Medical Associates - has implemented the following technology tools

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* A Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system - This allows all physician orders, such as requests for lab work and follow-up visits, to be done by computer. No orders will be written by hand. The medical system believes this will help with patient safety and cut back on medication errors.

* Electronic health records - Patient records will be kept on a computer rather than in paper files.

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* Electronic practice management system for physician offices - Physician offices will be able to automate their patient registration and schedule clinical activity such as prescription writing and lab results management. The system, eClinicalworks, will be rolled out first at Greater Baltimore Medical Associates (GBMA) practices. GBMA is the group of more than 40 multi-specialty physician practices on the hospital's Towson campus and in satellite locations across the region.


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