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Daughters of Charity Health System and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network announce $400,000 grant to establish connected electronic patient records

The Daughters of Charity Health System and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network today announced that Silicon Valley has received a $400,000 grant from the Center for Community Health Leadership, an organization sponsored by Misys Healthcare Systems. The grant will provide free electronic medical records software and significantly reduced costs for implementation, training and hardware to physicians and hospitals in the Silicon Valley area to help the community take steps toward a connected electronic records system.

Implementation and community connectivity efforts are already underway through the Daughters of Charity Health System and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network’s Smart Health project, as well as other health care providers in the area.
“The grant will enable us to move much closer to our ultimate goal: improving the quality of care for area patients by enabling us to receive real time clinical information for our patients,” said Robert Curry, President and CEO of O’Connor Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Daughters of Charity Health System. “Ultimately we will be able to integrate patient information from our clinics, emergency department and other area physicians to support patient care and a more efficient process.”

“This grant from the Center is designed to support Silicon Valley’s larger effort to turn the theory of a connected healthcare community into practice,” said Leigh Burchell, Director of the Center for Community Health Leadership. “By replacing paper-based, resource-intensive processes with modern technology, Silicon Valley patients can expect the kind of electronic customer experience they receive from other service providers, one that is oriented around best practices, versus outdated processes.”

“Integrating patient records across a community can reduce total health care costs by as much as 10% through the elimination of duplicate and unnecessary procedures, and can reduce medical errors,” said David Katz, Executive Director of Smart Health at Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. “The grant will support the efforts of our Smart Health project by providing incentives to health care providers across Silicon Valley to store their patient data electronically and, in the long term, share that information quickly and efficiently with other are providers in the area.”

The software grants will be available to physicians and other health care providers throughout Silicon Valley who are interested in adopting electronic records to improve the quality of care and reduce medical errors. Beginning today, medical organizations in Silicon Valley can apply for grants online at www.misyscenter.com/sanjose.

Contact:
David Katz
Executive Director, Smart Health
Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
408-298-9330


Richard Hutsell
Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Daughters of Charity Health System
650-917-4506


Robert Curry
President and CEO
O’Connor Hospital
408-947-2542


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About Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
Established in 1993, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders — from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community — to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions.

About Daughters of Charity Health System
The Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) is a regional healthcare system of six hospitals and medical centers spanning the California coast from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Our healthcare ministry exists to support the mission of our sponsors, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, by providing holistic, spiritually centered care to the sick and the poor. DCHS was formed on January 1, 2002, but is an organization with a long and rich heritage. The Daughters of Charity has been serving Northern California for 152 years. The Daughters of Charity were founded in Paris, France, in 1633, by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. Hospitals within DCHS include: Seton Medical Center, Daly City; Seton Coastside, Moss Beach; O’Connor Hospital, San Jose; Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Gilroy; St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles; and St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood.

About O’Connor Hospital
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, O’Connor Hospital is a full service, acute care, not-for-profit community hospital that has served the South San Francisco Bay longer than any other hospital in the region. Established in 1889 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, O'Connor is a values-driven organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, excellent healthcare that is attentive and compassionate to the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Key services for inpatients and outpatients include cardiac care, cancer care, maternity and mother-baby care, arthritis care and joint replacement, vascular care, wound care and emergency services. Additionally, O'Connor Hospital sponsors the Pediatric Center for Life, Family Health Center, Parish Nursing programs, and the Stanford-affiliated Family Medicine Residency Program. O’Connor Hospital (OCH), the only Catholic hospital in San Jose, is a member of the Daughters of Charity Health System and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Department of Health Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. OCH is a Joint commission designated Primary Stroke Center and the only Northern California "Center of Excellence" for Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.

About the Center for Community Health Leadership
The Center for Community Health Leadership, launched by Misys Healthcare Systems in June 2006, facilitates the development of health information pathways by building connected, prepared and responsible communities. The communities selected to receive a grant will improve healthcare and reduce costs in everyday care delivery, as well as in crisis situations such as epidemics and natural disasters. The Center will transform the healthcare system one community at a time via grants of Misys software and contributions of hardware and services from industry partners. For more information on the Center for Community Health Leadership, visit www.misyscenter.com.

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