November 2, 2009

Electronic medical records critical to better health care

By Kelley Luckstein

When Dr. Henry Plummer developed the concept of the “unit record” nearly 100 years ago, his idea was to place all of a patient’s records in a single file that traveled with the patient and could be stored in a central repository. His concept of medical care continuity quickly became the standard for medical record keeping worldwide…


The Mayo Clinic is setting the standard for EMR implementation. With one of the largest such systems in the world, all medical documentation relating to a patient’s care – physician notes, laboratory reports, surgical dictations, copies of correspondence, appointment schedules, X-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MRI scans, echocardiograms – is instantly available to caregivers via more than 16,000 computer terminals on Mayo’s three campuses.


Fort Worth Business Press By Dr. Scott Ransom, 11/2/09

Tags: Dr. Henry Plummer, electronic medical records, Health IT

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