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Inside the Four Walls of a Medical Center’s IT Systems

Our healthcare community
met at Wilmer Hale in Waltham to listen to Dr. George Brenckle, CIO at UMASS
Memorial Medical Center, discuss the complete overhaul of the medical center’s
IT systems. It was a massive undertaking and quoting Dr. Brenckle “that
was really fun and I never want to do it again”!   UMASS Memorial,
located in central Massachusetts, is a 7 hospital system employing 13,500
people, 70,000 in-patient visits and 1.6M out-patient visits per year.
 The presentation discusses the shift from a Meditech-centric environment
to a distributed Sorian environment.  Details on what it took, both from a
technology shift as well as a cultural shift, to enable the care team to
deliver better care are available here in
his presentation. 

I also wanted to bring
your attention to our next program scheduled for November 6th.  The
program is focused on integrating people, processes and technology to address chronic
care – in this case, diabetes.  We have a Type 1 diabetic patient that
will present his own data and the challenges he encounters, and a team of
panelists that will discuss what they need to do to understand and conquer the
problems. 
Thank you to Dr.
Brenckle for this time, Wilmer Hale for hosting the event and cluster sponsors
IBM and Partners Healthcare.
We hope to see you soon
and as always, do not hesitate to contact me at christine@masstlc.org if you would like
to chat further about how to get more involved with MassTLC.

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