In most emergency rooms, the doctor would grill Mom: Has he have you been X-rayed? Do you keep in mind what it showed? But in the new all-digital Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, doctors just clicked on the COW – a “computer on wheels” that rolls to each patient’s part. Up popped every test and X-rays the 6-month-old has had ever.
This is the eerily paperless hospital of the future, what the “electronic medical record” that President Barack Obama insists will change what healthcare looks like. No chart filled with doctors’ scribbles dangling on the bed. No hauling around envelopes filled with X-rays. No discharge with a prescription slip. Even the traditional ER patient list has changed from the white-board of TV-drama popularity to a huge screen.
By the best count, only 1 1.5 percent of the country’s roughly 6,000 hospitals use a thorough electronic record. 19 billion that the financial stimulus package offers to help doctors start. 10 million to evolve a system that enables its doctor’s check up on patients with a few mouse clicks from anywhere and use speedily up-to-date information in directing their care. Dr. Jonathan Bickel, the ER attending doctor who whipped out his laptop to check on Riley’s overnight stay.
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Look, he directed: An outpatient lung specialist tested Riley for cystic fibrosis just before his mom brought the 6-month-old to the emergency room. The specialist’s detailed exam notes strike the ER computer in hours, …