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Somerset Medical Center is the leading healthcare provider in the Somerset County, central NJ area. News and events happening at the medical center and other important area healthcare information can be found on yoursomerset.com.

April 26, 2012 - PRLog -- If you live or work in the Somerset County or central New Jersey area, then the chances are you're familiar with the excellent healthcare options provided by Somerset Medical Center. You may also be familiar with yoursomerset.com, the website that provides local events, restaurants, shopping, business and healthcare news for the region.

Yoursomerset.com covers events and important breaking news from Somerset Medical Center and other area healthcare providers. Here are a few recent 2012 healthy living items from yoursomerset.com:

Sleep for Life Center in Somerville, NJ
It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from some type of sleep disorder, affecting their daily functioning, health and longevity. In fact, nearly 20 percent of all serious car crash injuries are attributed to driver sleepiness.
The cumulative long-term effects of lack of sleep has been associated with a wide range of serious health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke.
The Institute of Medicine's Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research's 2006 report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, concluded that significant advances must be made in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
Sleep for Life, Inc., is committed to advancing the goals of the Committee of Sleep Medicine Research and seeks to: Increase awareness of the effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders. Improve the monitoring of sleep loss and sleep disorders. Increase awareness of sleep disorders among health care professionals through education and training. Develop and test new and existing methods of diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
Sleep for Life also is an advocate of the committee's goals to: Establish the workforce required to meet the clinical and scientific demands of the field. Expand accreditation criteria to focus on treatment, long-term patient care and managing chronic diseases. Strengthen national methods of sharing research. Increase the funding for interdisciplinary sleep programs in academic health centers that focus on long-term clinical care, training and research.
The Sleep for Life Center at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey, offers a unique holistic and integrated approach, enabling patients to access a range of services and specialists from initial health assessment and diagnosis to treatment, simplifying their care experience and helping them get the support and coordinated follow-up care they need. On-site specialists include sleep medicine physicians, dental specialists, ear nose and throat surgeons, neurologists, behavioral sleep medicine specialists, respiratory therapists, and dieticians.
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Exercise Physiologists at Somerset Medical Center’s Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center on Health Benefits of Exercise
Regular exercise has health benefits for everyone, but especially for people who are coping with health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis.
According to a recent study by the American Heart Association, patients who have suffered a heart attack and include exercise as part of their rehabilitation have a better chance of preventing recurrent heart problems than those who do not exercise. Exercise reduced the risk of death among heart attack patients by 26 percent, second heart attacks by 21 percent, bypass surgery by 13 percent and angioplasties by 19 percent, the group’s research showed. Among the benefits of exercise for cardiac patients are improved blood vessel function and blood flow, reduced risk of blood clots and lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
For people with diabetes, exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar and reduce body fat. Regular weight-bearing exercise can also have a positive impact on people who have osteoporosis or who have been identified as being at high-risk for the disease, helping to improve balance to prevent falls and bone fractures, slow bone loss and strengthen back muscles to maintain good posture. Arthritis sufferers report that exercise helps them reduce joint pain and stiffness, builds muscles around their joints and improves their flexibility and endurance.
Anyone with heart disease or other chronic health issues should consult with his or her physician before beginning any exercise program. Because of the special health needs of these individuals, medically supervised exercise may be recommended.
Somerset Medical Center’s Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center offers specialized exercise programs specifically designed for individuals with heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis at its facility at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.
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Electronic Health Records Milestone Achieved
Somerset Medical Center, a national leader in health information technology, became one of the first hospitals in New Jersey and the country to achieve the federal government’s standards for “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records. The medical center earned this recognition through its participation in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“Our investment in health information technology demonstrates our continued commitment to enhancing efficiency, reducing costs and advancing patient care,” said Ken Bateman, president and chief executive officer of Somerset Medical Center. “In January, we pledged to achieve ‘meaningful use’ of certified electronic health records by December 2011. Our staff has done an exceptional job in achieving this goal that will benefit Somerset Medical Center and our patients in many ways.”
In 2001, Somerset Medical Center began Stage I of the process of implementing electronic health records. Electronic health records give doctors and caregivers instant access to important information about a patient’s health, including X-rays, MRIs, EKGs, medications and previous medical history, helping them make timely diagnoses and begin prompt treatment. The system provides doctors and caregivers the opportunity for a safe, easy and quick way of storing and accessing patient information, especially in an emergency. In addition to creating new efficiencies, the use of electronic health records also enhances patient safety by reducing medication duplication and alerting health care professionals to potentially dangerous drug interactions and allergies.
In achieving this recognition, Somerset Medical Center takes its place among a small and advanced group of hospitals throughout the country. Only three percent of community hospitals in the nation currently utilize an electronic health records system and only 12 percent of hospitals nationwide employ a computerized physician order entry system. Somerset Medical Center is included in both of those categories. In addition to this achievement, Somerset Medical Center earned the highest satisfaction rating of all participants for its execution of electronic health records implemented by physicians in Cerner Client Care Council’s 2011 Physician Survey.
“Our accomplishments in health information technology have indeed put Somerset Medical Center on the map, prompting visits from hospital representatives around the world over the past several years to learn about our computer system and model their systems around ours,” said Dave Dyer, vice president of information technology services and planning and chief information officer at Somerset Medical Center. “By achieving ‘meaningful use’ of electronic health records, we remain on the forefront.”
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