Clinical Imaging: Applications and Implications for Nursing

  • Karen Lafferty Zimmerman
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


For many clinicians, one of the most frustrating aspects of the traditional Hospital Information System (HIS) is that it has not served as a single source of patient information. Explanations abound, but one of the most common is that the nature, format, and source of the information did not lend themselves to the traditional coded (bits and bytes) and structured (field-oriented and contained within a database file) information type that the HIS was developed to capture and store. Examples of nonconforming data are electrocardiogram (EKG) rhythm strips and radiology films. Other more frustrating examples, based on the comprehensiveness of the respective HIS, include histories and physicals, physicians’ and nurses’ progress notes, vital signs, medication administration records, and discharge instructions. The result is that the clinician must rely on multiple sources for data, often in widely disparate locations, to obtain a comprehensive patient profile. Obviously, this results in inefficiency.


Imaging Technology Hospital Information System Optical Character Recognition Telemedicine Application Integrate Service Digital Network 
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