Thursday, July 27, 2000

Local Digest


Physician group tries to go paperless

        Group Health Associates, one of the Tristate's largest physician groups, has launched an effort to start keeping patient medical records entirely in digital rather than paper form.

        The system has started at the GHA Springdale office and will be rolled out to the group's seven other Tristate offices within two years.

        The group contends the digital records will be easier for staff to access and update as patients and doctors use various offices around town. The data will be easier to study for trends. Also, the system will allow computer printing of drug prescriptions, which could help reduce the risk of medication errors.

        While some consumer groups are concerned about the privacy of electronic medical records, privacy will be protected in several ways, said Dr. Stephen Beck, an internist with the group. Information will move on a local network of connected computers. Access will require passwords and users can be easily traced, Dr. Beck said.

Child hit by taxi in serious condition
        A 7-year-old boy was struck by a taxicab Wednesday as he was crossing a street in Millvale.

        Glenn Gilliam Jr., of Millvale Court, was in serious condition late Wednesday at Children's Hospital Medical Center. Police said the boy was struck at 1:42 p.m. while he was trying to cross Millvale Circle from east to west. He was not in a crosswalk, police said.

        The United Taxi Cab vehicle was operated by Samantha Shaffer, 23, of McPherson Avenue, Price Hill. She was not injured.

        The Cincinnati Police Division's traffic unit, which is investigating, said alcohol and excessive speed were not factors. No charges have been filed.

Body identified via published photo
        HAMILTON — A man who was found dead Monday was identified Wednesday as a result of a published photo, Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard P. Burkhardt said.

        Scott Baker, 39, of Hamilton, was discovered along the levee of the Great Miami River behind Mercy Hospital Hamilton. He appeared to have fallen from a wall and had been intoxicated, investigators said.

        His death was ruled an accident, caused by a crushed chest.

        His girlfriend, mother and brother contacted the coroner's office after seeing his photo, Dr. Burkhardt said.

        Brown Dawson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Voluntary uniforms available at school
        MIDDLETOWN — Clothing that fits Taft Accelerated Elementary School's new voluntary uniform policy will be available for perusal and order at the school Saturday.

        From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., David Fox, owner of Cincinnati's Fox Clothing Co., will be at the school to discuss uniforms, take orders and measure children. Students may wear navy pants, shorts or jumpers and white, collared shirts or blouses.

        Clothing that fits the guidelines also can be purchased from Target, Family Dollar, Ames and Meijer stores. For more information, contact Taft Principal Mar la Marsh, 420-4561.

Regents approve paramedic program
        An associate of applied science degree in paramedic technology has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

        The degree program was developed by Cincinnati State in response to the growing need for training for emergency medical personnel.

        Graduates with the degree will be required to take the national certification exam for paramedics.

        For information, call 569-1690.

Program allows late admission to UC
        A one-stop program to support last-minute decisions to attend the University of Cincinnati will be Aug. 1-25 at the office of admissions on the main campus, 1 Edwards Center, at Corry Street and Jefferson Avenue.

        It will allow accepted applicants to start school on Sept. 20, rather than wait until the next quarter.

Congressman not giving up documents
        CLEVELAND — U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant is refusing to turn over documents federal prosecutors have subpoenaed, arguing they are his personal property and that he has a right to avoid self-incrimination.

        Mr. Traficant, D-Ohio, has said he expects to be indicted in a public corruption probe that has led to more than 70 convictions, including a judge, a prosecutor, a sheriff and a Traficant aide.

        Mr. Traficant was acquitted in 1983 on charges he accepted mob bribes, but he lost a U.S. Tax Court case in 1987 stemming from the same issues.

        Mr. Traficant previously complied with a December subpoena that requested his telephone, payroll and rent records. The government made a request for more documents in May.

Expectant parents allowed to sue in Ind. 0
        INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court said doctors can be sued if they fail to warn expectant parents that their child faces possible or likely birth defects.

        When doctors make mistakes that deny parents the ability to make informed choices about whether to have abortions, the state's malpractice law applies, Justice Robert D. Rucker wrote in the 4-1 decision handed down Tuesday.

        The court ruled nearly three years after hearing arguments in the case brought by Ronald and Connie Johnson of Fort Wayne. The case now can go to trial in Allen Circuit Court.

        The Johnsons sued Dr. Patricia Bader and Northeast Indiana Genetic Counseling after their daughter was born in September 1991 with severe birth defects including hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition in which an infant's head is enlarged by fluid.

        The couple claimed Connie Johnson would have had an abortion if they had known that an ultrasound exam Dr. Bader had ordered and reviewed just months into the pregnancy indicated a birth defect.

       



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