Lifewatch: Hospital of the future

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - The government has committed $20 billion of your money to hospitals of the future.

Dr. Andrew Costello examined a patient, who said he couldn't breathe, at the ER of Swedish Covenant Hospital.  Minutes later, a computer took the doctors orders of breathing treatments, including a chest x-ray.

In about 20 minutes the x-ray was finished in the electronic medical record, and anyone at a computer terminal in the ER can review it - precious minutes saved when it's an emergency.

In the hospital of the future there are no paper charts, taking notes, or complaints about doctors handwriting.

A speech recognition program turns the doctors's words into print.  Patients only have to explain their medical history once, then it's in a record for anyone to read.

The President's plan calls for every hospital to eventually go paperless and share a standard system.