Medicine and Technology: Info Systems

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We live in a high-tech world, and the medical field is no exception. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about various ways that technology can make an impact on health care. Taking a high-tech approach to managing patient information in hospitals leads to better care, according to a study led by doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Doctors looked at patient outcomes for a variety of specific conditions and found that hospitals using information technologies had fewer complications, lower mortality rates and lower costs. Dr. Ruben Amarasingham, the assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern who led the study, said the best outcomes came from information systems that were so well designed that doctors wanted to use them. The systems automated and computerized patient records, care orders and notes about patient care so that they could be easily accessed by members of the health-care team and used to support medical decision making.


March 2009

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