Thursday, February 01, 2007

Health information technology improves patient care | Ocala.com | Star-Banner | Ocala, Fla.

Health information technology improves patient care | Ocala.com | Star-Banner | Ocala, Fla.: "Dr. Eugene Turner has his patients' information in the palm of his hands. Literally.

Everyday, after he wakes up, he turns on his Palm Treo cell phone, logs into Ocala Regional Medical Center's electronic patient information system, and checks his patients' records.

'More than once I've been contacted about a patient and through [the software] I can order tests before seeing the patient,' said Turner, an anesthesiologist. 'That to me, has the greatest advantage. I can start processing stuff before I see the patient.'

The portable patient information software, called Patient Keeper, available to Ocala Regional's physicians, is just one example of new technology that's finding its way into the local and national health care systems and replacing the old-fashioned paper charts and records."

It's got a "coolness factor" too ! Doctors who are "early adopters" can wow their patients !

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