Despite being considered by some as a hospital of last resort, the sprawling city hospital where I’ve spent 20 years is at the forefront of electronic trends. Although some hospitals are computerized, most do not have fully functional electronic medical records, as promoted by the health care reform law of 2010. And more than half of all outpatient practices still use paper charts, making health care the only major industry that is not fully computerized.
But in this inner-city hospital, sleek flat screens sit in every one of the nearly 500 outpatient clinic rooms and nurses’ offices. The inpatient wards are veritable hubs of hardware and wireless technology. Read the full article in the New York Times.