The Use Of Interoperable Electronic Medical Information

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Ninety two year old Samuel Rados was on dialysis, two knee replacements and two stunts. His wife carries a briefcase detailing all his procedures and medications with her at all times. While undergoing a MRI scan he suddenly developed arrhythmia but fortunately revived with emergency care. Mr. Rados had a pacemaker implanted which was missing in his medical docu-mentation. Had Mr. Rados’s nephrologist had access to his medical records from all of his spe-cialists, this potentially fatal mistake could have been avoided. These two examples of potentially serious medical oversights could have been prevented with the use of interoperable electronic medical information. From a macro-economic perspective, over the last century a number of new technologies and innovations have yielded a dramatic change in the way health care is delivered to the end users. Information and communication technologies have become the catalyst in providing efficient and effective delivery of health care services. Currently americans spend more resources on health care than any other industrialized nation. In the past few decades, while every sector of the American economy has embraced computer and information technology to increase productiv-ity and reduce costs, the health care system has failed to remedy this lingering frailty. At the mo-ment while most current computer systems are being mainly used for managerial and accounting purposes, there should be a growing effort to make a design for usable
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