Russian Health Dignitaries Tour Oklahoma Heart Hospital

Russians in Oklahoma to Learn from a Variety of Health Organizations

OKLAHOMA CITY—Four Russian dignitaries toured the Oklahoma Heart Hospital on in November to learn more about the value of the electronic medical record. Oklahoma Heart Hospital is the first all-digital heart hospital in the nation with an extensive digital network spanning 40 clinics throughout Oklahoma. These representatives from Russia were in Oklahoma as participants of the Open World Program 2010 originating on the campus of Redlands Community College in El Reno.

The delegates hold various high-level health care administrative positions and are in Oklahoma to learn about many aspects of the U.S. health care system in general.

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Oklahoma Heart Hospital South were built from the ground up using a network of fiber-optic cables and an all-digital, highly-secure patient record system that puts all patient medications, images, and testing results directly at the bedside. The system has increased the quality of care and patient safety.

“We see this as both an honor and an opportunity. My hope is for these health care officials to gain perspective and insight as to how we run our hospital and maybe take some fresh ideas back to their respective countries. We’re glad Oklahoma Heart Hospital is seen as a model for not only the state and country, but also the world, and this is an opportunity to showcase how a health care facility should be run,” said OHH President/CEO John Harvey.

The Open World Program brings groups of approximately four to five delegates from each various post-soviet nations for 10-day theme-based visits to the United States. The visits begin with an orientation in Washington, D.C., followed by eight days in a local community, in this case Oklahoma. The program was established as a Library of Congress administered project in 1999 to give emerging Russian leaders firsthand exposure to the American system of democracy through visits to American local governments and communities. The program has since expanded to include other post-Soviet states.

Oklahoma Heart Hospital CEO/President Dr. John Harvey speaks to Russian health administrators

Oklahoma Heart Hospital Chief Information Officer Steve Miller leads tour of electrophysiology operating room for Russian health administrators

Russian Health Dignitaries Tour Oklahoma Heart Hospital

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