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Denison, IA) – New technology holds the promise of improving diagnoses and treatment for many diseases while actually helping to lower long-term healthcare costs. That’s according to a recent study completed by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study went on to say that while short term costs may increase, a speedier diagnosis and treatment plan can catch many diseases in the early stages leading to lower overall healthcare expenditures.

Bill Bruce, President and CEO of Crawford County Memorial Hospital, noted that CCMH has made significant investments in technology over the past six years for both diagnostics and treatment.

“A new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system was installed in our radiology department when the new replacement hospital opened in 2011. Since then CCMH has also upgraded to a 64-slice CT scanner, added in a new 3D mammogram, digital x-ray and fluoroscopy, and 3D and 4D ultrasound for obstetrics. It means we can bring the latest healthcare diagnostic technology to bear for the benefit of our patients,” Bruce said.

He also commented on the technology additions throughout the rest of the hospital and clinics.

“Just within the past few years, we have added remote fetal monitoring, newborn pulse oximetry, and advanced hearing screening equipment for newborns in the New Beginnings Birth Center at CCMH. We’ve implemented the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) in the clinics and the Patient Portal on our website. And in the Laboratory department, we installed a new hematology analyzer for blood tests, equipment to identify bacteria in infections, and a new chemistry analyzer to detect blood or hormone disorders. Much of our lab testing is now done in-house in an effort to lower costs for patients.”

Bruce said 12-Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) telemetry systems have been deployed in the ambulance department to aid treatment for patients with heart problems. New power cots were installed in the ambulances for the safety of patients and personnel.

“The CCMH Board of Trustees deserves the credit for these technology improvements. They have done their homework and are consistently looking for ways to improve care at every stage. Each upgrade in technology has been adopted with the best interests of patients in mind.”