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Thursday, March 1, 2007

CHA starts electronic reporting of diseases to DPH

Cambridge Health Alliance is the first hospital system to report communicable disease information electronically to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, CHA said today.

Data from Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital and Whidden Memorial Hospital will be sent to the DPH's secure server, giving state epidemiologists information about patient demographics, test type, specimen source, results and antibiotic susceptibilities the same day they become available.

Results now come to DPH by phone, fax or email, spokeswoman Donna E. Rheaume said in an e-mail.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 03:50 PM
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