(NYT29) NEW YORK — June 14, 2004 — HOSPITALS-REVENUE — Nurse Annie Clark is using a mobile work station at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx in March. After years without enough money to make capital improvements, hospitals say they want to go on a spending spree — building new surgery centers, renovating operating rooms, buying the latest medical equipment and even putting in badly needed new computer systems. The big question is how long the buying binge can last. (Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times)
One of my earliest memories of electronic health records (EHRs) is the day I had to review a chart at another hospital in the city. As I headed over to medical records, I expected at worst a “big” chart—one of those 15-inch stacks of multiple folders from a long hospitalization. I wasn’t allowed access to their system to view the chart online, so I was escorted into a separate room, in which the printed-out chart was waiting for me.
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