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Hospital physicians mark technology milestone

[November 08 2011] - Physicians with the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) in October marked a milestone by demonstrating “meaningful use” of technology to improve patient care.

Latha Dulipsingh, M.D., FACP, FACE; Sadhis Rivas, M.D.; and Manmeet Kaur, M.D., were the first hospital-employed physicians to “attest” that they’ve met federal criteria for meaningful use. The federal government’s meaningful use effort is designed to encourage hospitals, physician offices and other healthcare providers to use electronic health records and other technology to help improve patient care and safety and reduce healthcare costs.

For the meaningful use attestation process, Joslin physicians completed an extensive, online checklist on the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website to show they are effectively using electronic health records and other technology to meet specific care quality objectives.

Use of electronic health records is just one piece of an extensive technology initiative at The Hospital of Central Connecticut to convert the entire hospital to electronic health records and implement other technological advancements to enhance the safety, quality and efficiency of care and improve patient outcomes.