Milwaukie Providence Hospital nurse Kenny Otley uses the health system's new software to check on a patients vital signs. Epic Database software extends heart-rate monitoring away from a patients bedside so an on-call physician can even log into the system from home to diagnose a possible heart murmur. Undated photo. (Raymond Rendleman/Clackamas Review)

Portland hospitals get good report

The Portland area is a fine place to run a hospital, with a growing market populated by a homogeneous citizenry that mostly keeps itself hea…