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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Electronic health record systems gather patient data for multiple purposes -- billing and medical research, as well as patient care. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center decided doctors needed a patient-centric view. Its goal was to organize data around "care pathways" relevant to the patient's condition, in order to make sure doctors didn't have to hunt through the system for relevant information.
The new collaboration system, called Convergence, is designed to pull data from one or more EHRs and present it as a unified view of health data, allowing clinicians to toggle into the applications as necessary.
UPMC conducted early pilots in its cardiology department, and it plans to deploy the system more broadly internally and work with an industry partner to make the software commercially available in 2015. UPMC demoed Convergence at HIMSS, the health IT conference, in February.
UPMC developed the Convergence application through its Technology Development Center, with help from Microsoft and Caradigm, which is a medical software partnership between Microsoft and GE. Running on Windows 8 tablets, Convergence takes advantage of "live tiles" user interface widgets and the integration options available on Windows.
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