Thursday, December 27, 2012

Crains: Chicago medical records exchange falters

It all comes down to the dollars.
The price is too high for Loyola University Health System, says Arthur Krumrey, chief information officer at the Maywood-based hospital network.

Loyola, Evanston-based North-Shore University HealthSystem and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, which already use the same software system for their internal medical records, are discussing setting up their own exchange.

Advocate has not joined, but executives are “working on it,” says John Norenberg, a vice president at the Oak Brook-based system, with 11 hospitals statewide.

Mr. Norenberg, who is also chairman of MCHC's exchange advisory board, adds: “It's turned out to be a bit more difficult to get the players moving on this than I think anybody expected.”

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