New computer tools for physicians, nurses, and the medical care team will become common in the 1990s. This paper describes a clinical workstation (CWS) development project that uses new technology that moves the technical support for medical decision making from the computer room to the nursing station. Collection, processing, and display of clinical information including patient identification, laboratory, and radiology results and current medications are carried out in the environment of a multi-windowed computer workstation. Easy access to automated medical literature databases from the workstation is also provided. This pilot project has successfully demonstrated a CWS operating on an acute general neurology and neurosurgical inpatient nursing unit and a critical care unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Information Systems
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management