News in Brief
The School of Medicine announces a new information system to provide researchers with a comprehensive, cross-sectional, and longitudinal view of health care delivered throughout UPHS--including demographic and diagnostic information on more than 180,000 patients and 1.5 million visits to primary care clinics and the HUP emergency department since January 1994. It also contains information about more than 68,000 patients involved in more than 100,000 HUP admissions. "It has been projected that the availability of clinical and administrative data, plus functional status information on the same patients, will greatly enhance outcomes research throughout UPHS," said Dr. Alan Hillman, PennMed's associate dean. Additional details are in a news release in this issue.
Acquisition Services has redesigned its home page for browsing and feedback, according to Associate Director Ralph Maier. A "What's New?" section (www.purchasing.upenn.edu/main.htm) describes specific suppliers, reports on new arrangements with suppliers, and has hints for dealing with telemarketing scams. There's also a survey site for questions, comments and suggestions.