BUSINESS SPECIAL - IT in the health-care industry
The no-computer virus
Apr 28th 2005 | SAN FRANCISCO
From The Economist print edition
The inability, and reluctance, of doctors and hospitals to use information technology more widely is killing thousands of people
“WHETHER or not a treating doctor has Alex's full medical record available can literally mean life or death,” says Cynthia Solomon of Sonoma, California. Her son Alex, now in his 20s, grew up with hydrocephalus, a rare and life-threatening condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain and needs to be drained through special shunts...
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