September 18, 2012

Bridgeport Hospital using patient-data portal

Bridgeport Hospital and a Westport health-technology incubator say they have thrown the switch on a data portal that gives doctors and other care providers real-time access to patient medical information.

The 383–bed hospital, a member of the Yale New Haven Health System, is the first hospital to use the Smart Access to Medical Information (SAMI) portal developed by Intersection Health Partners LLC.

SAMI is accessible via desk-top computers and wireless devices such as iPads or iPhones, officials said Tuesday.

SAMI was developed in a joint venture between the hospital and Intersection Health.

Bridgeport Hospital Chief Medical Officer Michael Ivey, M.D., said SAMI has helped it identify gaps in care that the hospital can address them before a patient is discharged.

"It helps us enhance patient safety and quality," Ivey said in a statement.

Integrated Healthcare, a unit of Integrated Partners LLC of Westport, says Yale-New Hospital and Greenwich Hospital are in the process of implementing SAMI. Other unidentified U.S. hospitals also are working on incorporating SAMI into their systems, it said.

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