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Medical Record System Funded

Streamlining the care of patients seen at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Pitt County Memorial Hospital should get easier in the next couple of years as the institutions install an integrated health information system.

The system, known as HealthSpan, combines an electronic medical record, computerized physician order entry, pharmacy and other health care applications. It’s made by Epic Systems, and Brody, PCMH and other components of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina will use it.

Eastern North Carolina physicians have also expressed interest in adding the system to their offices, said Dr. Nicholas Benson, senior associate dean for operations at Brody.

The project got a boost this summer when The Duke Endowment awarded a $3 million grant to assist with its purchase and installation at Brody.

So far, the response to demonstrations at Brody has been positive. The school began HealthSpan planning and training in July with a goal to introduce it in a few departments next October. All clinical staff in the medical school will use it. The School of Dentistry will likely use it for its clinical work, too.

PCMH began using the system July 31. At Brody, HealthSpan will replace Logician and IDX, systems the school has used for years.


This page originally appeared in the August 24, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at