The University of Missouri School of Medicine has struck a deal with a commercial sector giant, Cerner, to develop patient care and physician training tools. Among other projects, the two will work to enhance Cerner's EMR system to better address care of chronic conditions. The partners will also give patients access to a version of the EMR, and allow them to enter vital statistics such as weight, blood pressure or blood glucose levels into the system. Another joint project is to develop "virtual" patients for use in training. The new technology (which sounds pretty neat to your editor) would allow students to interact with virtual patients in unique ways, such as listening to the "patient's" heartbeat by putting their stethoscope to the monitor.
To learn more about the deal:
- read this piece in The Kansas City Star