Welcome To The (Almost) Digital Hospital

Paris says out with the bedside chart and in with the electronic patient record

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It's a June morning in the cardiology ward at the brand new Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris. From one of the windows, you can see the top third of the Eiffel Tower. Inside the rooms, though, you won't see any bedside charts. Instead, Benoît Diebold, the attending physician, a resident, and two medical students go room to room equipped with a cellphone and a portable computer mounted on a wheeled cart. The computer's network cable trails awkwardly on the floor behind, and a patient standing in a doorway gives it a kick. Diebold announces cheerfully that he ordered a wireless link "yesterday."

Welcome to the (almost) digital hospital, a medical ideal where everyday operations and record-keeping are carried out and maintained almost exclusively with computers. At the heart of this ambitious model is the electronic patient record, or EPR. The idea behind it: to make all of a patient's medical reports, lab results, and images electronically available to clinicians, instantaneously, wherever they are [see ]. And, with an electronic record as a base, software tools that increase the accuracy of treatment can be added to improve patient outcomes and reduce cost.

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