The Center for Connected Health (CCH), a division of Partners Healthcare in Boston, has integrated its home monitoring systems with Partners' homegrown electronic health record (EHR). Patient data collected at home, including blood pressure, weight and blood glucose, is transmitted electronically to -- and is now viewable in -- the EHR.

While the information was previously available to providers and patients on a Partners website, the integration with the EHR makes it accessible within the clinical workflow. That makes it easier for clinicians to use the data because they don't have to interrupt their work to go a website, said Joseph Kvedar, MD, director of CCH, in an interview with InformationWeek Healthcare.

CCH's home monitoring program began several years ago. At that time, noted Kvedar, Partners decided not to integrate the data with its core clinical system because there was not yet good evidence that home monitoring could improve the outcomes of patients with serious chronic conditions. Read full story on InformationWeek

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