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09. 14. 2004

Digital Hospital

St. Francis Heart Hospital, in Tulsa, Oklahoma is one of the world's first "all digital cardiac care" facilities. Like the Virginia Hospital Center, St. Francis uses computerized records to keep patients' clinical information updated and easily accessible to all hospital staff. The 52-bed hospital utilizes 275 computers, currently equipped with 12 terabytes of storage.

Each patient room is equipped with a wall-mounted Dell PC with an 18-inch monitor, as well as patient-monitoring devices. There are also PCs outside patient rooms and at nursing stations. From any of these PCs, doctors and nurses can review patient electronic medical charts and gain immediate access to the latest available lab results, pharmacy information, and patient-monitoring data. Bedside bar-code systems let nurses double-check drugs with patient records before medicines are administered.

Read more from Information Week.

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