Clinical Experience with a Mini-Computer Based Data Management System in Surgical Intensive Care
The Intensive Care environment presents many problems that can be solved with today’s computer technology. These problems include: (1) An increase in the data utilized in clinical decision making; (2) Increased requirements in data reporting to meet not only clinical, but medicolegal and third party reimburser requirements; (3) The significant costs associated with manual data processing; and (4) A shortage of the primary intensive care data processing personnel: nurses. In the past, numerous attempts have been made with solutions which failed to recognize the specific requirements of Intensive Care. Keeping these past attempts in mind, our group is making a continuing effort to develop a clinical data processing system capable of effectively fulfilling the needs of an Intensive Care environment. This report describes the present stage of this effort and the methods used to solve today’s important critical care problems.
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Hospital Information System Assembly Language Digital Equipment Corporation Memory Copy
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