In my latest reading of Saving Lives & Saving Money: Transforming Health and Healthcare, Newt Gingrich praises a Computerized Patient Record System that the Veterans Administration plans to use:
provider 'view,' Computerized Patient Record System, organizes and
presents all relevant patient data in a way that directly supports
clinical decision making. The comprehensive cover sheet displays
timely, patient-centric information, including active problems,
allergies, current medications, recent laboratory results, vital signs,
hospitalization, and outpatient clinic history. This information is
displayed immediately when a patient is selected and provides an
accurate overview of the patient's current status before any clinical
interventions are ordered."
This makes sense. It's better than
what happens a lot of times now, when doctors ask patients the same
questions over and over (i.e., Have you ever been hospitalized? Do you
use medications?, etc.), or the right hand may not know what the left
hand is doing.