This series in Computers and Medicine had its origins when I met Jerry Stone of Springer-Verlag at a SCAMC meeting in 1982. We determined that there was a need for good collections of papers that would help disseminate the results of research and application in this field. I had already decided to do what is now Information Systems for Patient Care, and Jerry contributed the idea of making it part of a series. In 1984 the first book was published, and-thanks to Jerry's efforts - Computers and Medicine was underway. Since that time, there have been many changes. Sadly, Jerry died at a very early age and cannot share in the success of the series that he helped found. On the bright side, however, many of the early goals of the series have been met. As the result of equipment improvements and the consequent lowering of costs, com puters are being used in a growing number of medical applications, and the health care community is very computer literate. Thus, the focus of concern has turned from learning about the technology to understanding how that technology can be exploited in a medical environment.
Table of ContentsI. Introduction.- 1. Implementing Health Care Information Systems.- 2. Medical Informatics Phase II.- II. Understanding the Domain.- 3. The Evolution of GEMISH and TMR.- 4. The Benefits of Automated Medical Record Systems for Ambulatory Care.- 5. The Application of Computer-Based Medical-Record Systems in Ambulatory Practice.- 6. A Hospital Information System in Continuous Operation and Expansion.- 7. New Uses of a Large Clinical Data Base.- 8. Large-Scale Portability of Hospital Information System Software Within the Veterans Administration.- 9. A Hospital Information System Network.- III. Special Considerations for Health Care Systems.- 10. Architecture of SNOMED.- 11. An Indexing System for SNOMED.- 12. Automated Mapping of ICD into SNOMED.- 13. Classification Systems Affecting Remuneration.- 14. Severity of Illness, Hospital Length of Stay, and Admission Clinical Laboratory Test Data from Apache II.- 15. Data Protection in Hospital Information Systems: 1. Definition and Overview.- 16. Data Protection in Hospital Information Systems: 2. Software Methods and Techniques.- IV. Methods and Tools.- 17. Design Methodology.- 18. Interactive Development Environments for Information Systems.- 19. The TEDIUM Development Environment.- 20. The LISP Programming Language and Environments.- 21. The HELP System Development Tools.- 22. The GEMISCH Programming Language.- 23. The MUMPS Programming Language.- 24. AIDA: A MUMPS Development Environment.