How the past teaches the future

Published

Journal Article

More than 30 years of experience in developing a computer-based patient record system, The Medical Record (TMR), in multiple settings, in multiple specialty groups, and at multiple sites has taught us many lessons. Lessons related to computer-based patient records include the importance of a data model in which input, storage, and planned use are independent; separation of patient-specific data from metadata; a modular design to localize the program code that deals with a set of data; redundant storage to optimize tasks and response time; and integration of decision support into work process. Lessons related to medical informatics include the importance of a clinical-technical partnership, control of tools at the leading edge, and rapid prototyping in the real world. Finally, changes in technology move the challenges but do not eliminate them.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hammond, WE

Published Date

  • May 22, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 234

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1067-5027

Citation Source

  • Scopus