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Hamilton Health Sciences integrates monitors with EHR

Connecting monitors to EHRS

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Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) comprises seven hospitals in Ontario, recently introduced a system that integrated vital sign monitors with the electronic health records (EHR). HHS has used an integration platform that could tie any device with the EHR called Iatric Systems. Mark Farrow, vice president and CIO at HHS, expects the use of an integration platform such as Iatric Systems will help HHS hospitals to work smarter.

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