Posts made in November, 2011

Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health Contribute $50,000 to Local Food Banks

PAMF Employee Nancy Hidaka delivers food donated by PAMF staff for local children and families in need.

To help local families in need of food this holiday season, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter Health have made a $50,000 donation to Second Harvest food banks in the South Bay Area: $33,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and $16,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County.

The funds are a portion of a quarter-million-dollar donation by the Sutter Health network to 29 food banks throughout Northern California, which will help provide more than a million healthy meals to families in need.

According to food banks representatives, monetary donations help maximize the amount of food available for the hungry – in many instances, a $1 donation can translate to over $5 worth of distributed food. Read More

PAMF Physicians to Speak at 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium

ASCO Symposium Helps Practices Leverage Health IT, Understand EHR Policy Changes

Palo Alto, CA – To help community oncology practices and large institutions navigate recent health care policy changes and leverage health information technology (HIT) to improve the quality of care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will hold the 2011 HIT/EHR Symposium in Atlanta on Nov. 4-5, 2011.

“This symposium has sessions for those beginning their electronic health record (EHR) transition or for those more familiar with the technology,” said Peter Paul Yu, M.D., chair of the 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium Program Committee and director of cancer care at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). “The topics covered represent a natural progression from previous ASCO symposiums and center on the broad concept of information management. This symposium has content for those preparing for EHR implementation, as well as for those more advanced early adopters of HIT.”

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is recognized as one of the earliest innovators of health information technology in the country, and the ASCO Symposium will include three PAMF physicians as symposium speakers – Doctors Albert Chan, Paul Tang and Peter Yu.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation implemented Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) system in 1999 and co-developed and launched one of the nation’s earliest personal health records, PAMFOnline (now known as My Health Online) with Epic Systems Corporation in 2001. Currently, 70 percent of PAMF’s adult patients use My Health Online to manage their health records online, view test results, message their doctor’s office, request prescription renewals and appointments, and more. For added patient convenience, My Health Online is also available on mobile devices via the MyChart app on both Android and Apple devices.

PAMF physicians speaking at the 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium are:

Paul Tang, M.D.

Welcome Session: Meaningful Use – Present and Future
Paul Tang, M.D., Vice President, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Albert Chan, M.D.

Symposium Session: Improving the Usability of EHR
Albert Chan, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Medical Director of My Health Online, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Peter Paul Yu, M.D.

Symposium Session: Rapid Learning Health Systems
Peter Paul Yu, M.D., Director of Cancer Research, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

View the full 2011 ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium Program Agenda.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine. Founded in 1930, PAMF is part of the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers. PAMF’s 1,000 affiliated physicians and 4,900 employees serve nearly 730,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information on PAMF, visit,
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PAMF Adds New Medical Specialties in Dublin

As more people in the San Francisco Bay Area have made Dublin their home, demand for medical care has steadily increased in the area. To accommodate this increased need, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Dublin Center, located at 4050 Dublin Boulevard, is growing and expanding its services.

Our patient base has grown from 6,000 in 2007 to 27,000 patients today,” said Katie Borgstrom, vice president of operations for Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Alameda Region. “The current expansion of our Dublin Center will both fill existing need and help us grow to accommodate future demand.”

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