A Clinical Information System for Oncology by John P. Enterline, Raymond E.Jr. Lenhard, Bruce I. Blum

By John P. Enterline, Raymond E.Jr. Lenhard, Bruce I. Blum

A scientific details process for Oncology describes a scientific info approach designed and applied in a melanoma heart yet with vast applicability to clinical perform past the melanoma heart setting in either inpatient and outpatient settings. considered as ahead taking a look in 1978, the procedure has the excellence of nonetheless being in creation. certainly, its performance has endured to develop and its technical implementation to conform with the altering expertise during the last decade. The authors aspect the capabilities supported via this targeted procedure, illustrate the way it assists within the care strategy, evaluation its improvement background, and evaluation its influence at the supply of care by way of fee, consumer delight, and efficacy. not like a lot details know-how, the approach is an energetic player in clinical choice making: it comprises complete instruments for dealing with and exhibiting scientific facts; instantly produces care plans from protocols; and contours designated instruments which help the powerful use of blood items. pros in scientific informatics, sanatorium directors, and physicians will locate this e-book a invaluable addition to their specialist library.

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Operators are available 24 hours a day and perform routine maintenance and backup functions for the PDP, VAX, and switching systems. The Oncology Center network is connected with The lohns Hopkins Hospital Ethernet network through a filtering LAN bridge (See Figure 1). Individual devices can communicate with the Hospital network and associated devices through a Bridge CS-l interface. The majority of computing facilities within The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions are connected to this network.

As shown on the graph, on August 1 the patient's platelets were below 20,000 and platelet transfusions were correctly administered, resulting in a rise of the platelets above 20,000 on the following day. The administration of life-saving human-derived platelet products that are in short supply (as well as the quality control review of our support system) can be monitored by senior staff members using this tool. Each transfusion is shown as a number showing how many units of platelets were given.

Physicians caring for patients with cancer face common medical problems that are not specific to patients with cancer. Conversely, physicians in other medical specialties are concerned with the same data management and decision-making issues that confront oncologists. Decisions in medicine should be based on information that is not only reliable, complete, and timely, but also presented in a way that leads to the correct decision. Many models of computer-assisted decision support have been explored over the last several decades.

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