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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Doctors without papers

Doctors without papers: "The nation's medical records czar watched Dr. Tim Thunder press his thumb down on a tablet computer inside Providence Portland Medical Center.
Thunder showed David Brailer how to click onto a page that displayed in bright green wavy lines the vital signs of his patient, 66-year-old Carol Lou Wilmoth of Portland. A victim of a car accident days earlier, Wilmoth suffered a broken rib and fractured lung.
Brailer smiled. Appointed earlier this year to lead the adoption of a nationwide electronic medical record system, Brailer stopped by Monday to view the progress in Portland. About a tenth of the nation has developed such a system, but the Portland area stands out as a region further ahead, Brailer said.
Thunder told Brailer how the new handheld device enables him to instantly pull up data that previously would have taken up reams of paper in a storage room. "


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