Thursday, February 01, 2007

Doctors, nurses warming up to digital devices - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Doctors, nurses warming up to digital devices - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "In many doctors' offices, and even in patients' homes, health care is stepping into the Information Age.

Laptop and handheld computers are making it easier to record and retrieve information about patients' conditions. The Internet is putting up-to-the-minute data in the hands of health care providers. And high-tech devices are making it faster and simpler to order laboratory tests and have prescriptions filled.

Nationwide, about one in four doctors is making some use of electronic health records, according to a study published in October by the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

But Julie Shroyer, a registered nurse with Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, has used a laptop computer with a special home health software package for about eight years."

Once doctors have got over the initial learning courve and the teething problems have been sorted out, no one has ever gone back to a paper system after using a paperless EMR !

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