IBM helping hospitals with tech projects
IBM Corp. is helping U.S. hospitals improve their health care technolgy at a time when the federal stimulus package provides $19 billion of additional funding for such investments.
The Armonk-based computer services giant announced new agreements with four hopsitals this week, including an IBM system at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., in which doctors are notified electronically when lab results indicate a critical situation for patients.
In addition, Trillium Health Centre in Canada is using IBM systems to provide data on patient length of stay, patient safety, staff retention and budgets.
IBM estimated that it is helping more than 1,000 hospitals worldwide on tech projects that include electronic medical records.
Such spending is likely to accelerate as a result of the economic stimulus package, recently signed into law by President Barack Obama. The legislation included grants and incentives for health care providers to develop electronic medical records, implement new tech systems and boost efficiencies.
“Now is an important time for industry leaders to step up and contribute to health care reform and transformation,” said Dan Pelino, general manager of IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry. “To accelerate achievement of such goals, IBM is teaming with our many business partners, alliances and key clients” to invest in new health care technologies.