March 29, 2012
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, received an Institutional Partner Award from the Medical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (MACET) on Tuesday, March 27. CHA was one of two institutions selected statewide to be honored.
State Representative Alice Wolf and State Senator Sal DiDomenico presented the award at a World No TB Day 2012 ceremony and legislative briefing at the Massachusetts State House. In addition to honoring individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to protect their respective communities, the event delivered key information about the importance of supporting TB prevention and control to state officials.
CHA’s Tuberculosis Program is based at the Schipellite Chest Center in the medical specialties clinic at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus. On average, patients with TB disease or TB infection from Cambridge and surrounding communities make over 2,000 visits annually to CHA for treatment and care, with prevention, education and case management led by the Cambridge Public Health Department, which is part of CHA.
Last year, the Cambridge program fully integrated TB patient medical records into CHA’s electronic medical records system, making it the first state-partnered TB clinic in the Commonwealth to do so. The new system enables the public health nurses and physicians who staff the TB program to enter and access TB patient information electronically. This has resulted in better communication and care coordination among all CHA providers.
In selecting CHA for this year’s award, the MACET noted CHA’s innovative use of electronic medical records as well as the system’s consistent focus on the synergies and partnership between public health and medical providers. MACET is a volunteer panel of physicians and other experts that advises the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on tuberculosis prevention and control.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Linda Shipton, MD, Medical Director of CHA’s Tuberculosis Program. “In addition to the role the clinic plays in improving the health of our communities, its integration with city and state public health departments is a model for how hospital and public health systems can work together to deliver excellent patient care.”
For more information about CHA’s Tuberculosis Program or to schedule an appointment, please call 617-665-1291.
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The Cambridge Public Health Department is a municipal health agency operated by Cambridge Health Alliance through a contract with the City of Cambridge. Service areas include communicable disease prevention and control, epidemiology, school health, environmental health, emergency preparedness, health promotion and regulatory enforcement. Visit us online at www.cambridgepublichealth.org.
Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. Visit us online at www.challiance.org.