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Intensive care unit bedside documentation systems. Realizing cost savings and quality improvements.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9988965     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Automating intensive care unit (ICU) documentation saves time and assists in interpreting data and planning care. The current economic climate makes the cost of ICU computer systems prohibitive for many institutions. Any expenditure without a measurable return on investment will be scrutinized carefully. The literature describing ICU computer system benefits often is difficult to interpret. No two implementations, hospitals, or benefit study designs have been the same. Each implementation has many unique variables. These variables make study comparison and replication potentially impossible. The authors have concluded that replicating previous studies may not be relevant if the goal is to justify system cost. The objective is met by designing a study that evaluates changes in data management activities as well as issues unique to the study unit or institution. The purpose of this article is to review the findings of previous benefits studies related to ICU documentation systems and to suggest other measures to support cost justification for expensive bedside documentation systems.
M A Butler; A D Bender
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Computers in nursing     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0736-8593     ISO Abbreviation:  Comput Nurs     Publication Date:    1999 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-03     Completed Date:  1999-03-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507717     Medline TA:  Comput Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-8; quiz 39-40     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Christiana Care Health Services, New Castle, DE 19720, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cost Savings
Intensive Care Units*
Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
Point-of-Care Systems / organization & administration*
Program Evaluation
Total Quality Management / organization & administration*

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