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The Design And Implementation Of A Radiology Information System
Author(s): Gerald R. Edelstein; Alan S. Baker; Bernard J. Ostrum
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Paper Abstract

An evaluation of information flow within the radiology department revealed efficient and accurate techniques for information aquisition but little ability to analyze and disseminate the information. A computer was aquired to replace an obsolete card access system for filing patient x-ray numbers. The computer, while costing about the same as a replacement card system, enabled the acquisition of patient information and its distribution throughout the department. The system was adapted to existing procedures and personnel, causing a minimum of disruption in department operations. The system is capable of billing, reporting and generating statistical reports through the use of simple filing and sorting programs. These programs were developed in-house at a lower cost and have more flexibility than limited packaged programs. Adding an 80 megabyte disk to the system's original three 2.5 megabyte disks and expanding the computer memory to 96K words from 32K, has enabled other departments in the hospital to utilize the system. Other clinical applications in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and information imaging have been considered. With the increasing utilization of computers in radiology, an understanding of computer capabilities as well as their applications to multiple tasks are important in reducing costs and improving patient care. The development of an in-house system has been a valuable learning experience.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1979
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0173, Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine VII, (6 July 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957141
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald R. Edelstein, Albert Einstein Medical Center, (United States)
Alan S. Baker, Albert Einstein Medical Center (United States)
Bernard J. Ostrum, Albert Einstein Medical Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0173:
Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine VII
Joel E. Gray, Editor(s)

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