PHC Receives $500,000 For Patient Info Technology Systems
The advancement is being made possible by a $500,000 allocation by Councilman James Sanders Jr., which was presented to the hospital on March 29.
The bulk of the money will go towards a Laboratory Information System with the remainder for an Advanced Cardiac Management System.
"The Information Laboratory System gives up-to-date information to physicians and nurses and compares current tests with previous tests results," Allen Corby, the Vice President of Operations at PHC, told The Wave. "It increases the level of care and enhances the ability to treat patients." The system can also transmit information to other medical providers as well.
The Advanced Cardiac Management System works much the same way as the Information Technology System and according to Robert V. Levine, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, the ECG system is "one of the few in the five boroughs."
The system lets Peninsula's cardiologists access a patient's electrocardiogram records from any compatible computer terminal in the hospital or through a website portal outside the facility for prompt diagnosis and better patient care. It also can save ECG records for seven to 10 years for doctors to use for comparison purposes.
"We're moving our hospital into the 21st Century," said Sanders to enthusiastic members of the PHC family during the check presentation. "This check is [already] in the bank. All you have to do is use it well."
The councilman, who promised "a sizable sum" to the hospital in next year's budget, thanked the hospital on behalf of the patients it has served.