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Experience using radio frequency laptops to access the electronic medical record in exam rooms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10566458     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Kaiser Permanente, Northwest, evaluated the use of laptop computers to access our existing comprehensive Electronic Medical Record in exam rooms via a wireless radiofrequency (RF) network. Eleven of 22 clinicians who were offered the laptops successfully adopted their use in the exam room. These clinicians were able to increase their exam room time with the patient by almost 4 minutes (25%), apparently without lengthening their overall work day. Patient response to exam room computing was overwhelmingly positive. The RF network response time was similar to the hardwired network. Problems cited by some laptop users and many of the eleven non-adopters included battery issues, different equipment layout and function, and inadequate training. IT support needs for the RF laptops were two to four times greater than for hardwired desktops. Addressing the reliability and training issues should increase clinician acceptance, making a successful general roll-out for exam room computing more likely.
L A Dworkin; M Krall; H Chin; N Robertson; J Harris; J Hughes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-605X     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc AMIA Symp     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-01     Completed Date:  2000-02-01     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883449     Medline TA:  Proc AMIA Symp     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  741-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Computer Communication Networks
Family Practice
Internal Medicine
Medical Records Systems, Computerized / instrumentation*
Point-of-Care Systems*

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