Overview The healthcare industry has
experienced measurable increases in quality with the invention of new,
high-tech solutions to age-old problems of communication, diagnosis, and
information handling. At a touch of a button, a modern doctor can view a
patient's medical history or learn what a hospital patient ate for lunch
an hour ago. Medical reference books have been computerized, allowing
doctors and nurses to carry the equivalent of a whole library worth of
books on handheld computers. Read more about how computers are used in the
medical industry at the following links.
General Information Visit the World
Health Organization's Web site at this
link. The Center for Disease control maintains a Web site here.
All aspects of health care technology are discussed at this
Web site. Read articles on health topics, drug information, and other
medical information at MEDLINEplus,
a government sponsored health information Web site.
Specific Links The following links
lead to more information about computers and medicine.
- Read about how the
World Health Organization diagnosed and is treating SARS at this
- Denver hospitals are
using bar codes on prescription medicine to help prevent medical
errors. Read more about it at this
- Read articles and
follow links to more information about patient record automation here.
- Kaiser Permanente, the
nation's largest non-profit heath care organization, has put patient
records online. Read more at this
- Visit this
Google search page for links to telemedicine organizations and
- Read about DICOM--the
digital imaging and communication standards used in medicine--at this
- The US Department of
Health and Human Services maintains HIPAA Regulation standards that
all medical related companies must follow. Visit its Web site at this
- One of the most widely
used applications of computers in the hospital and pharmaceutical
industry is that of LIMS (Labortory Information Systems). A great
resource for information about LIMS can be found at LIMSource.
Additional Links Learn more about
CAT scans at this
link. Visit the US National Library of Medicine's Web site by clicking here.
page allows you to diagnose a variety of medical conditions.