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Concepts and Issues in Health Care Computing (Computers in health care)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801631963, Hardcover)PREFACE: The computer is becoming increasingly more commonplace in the practice of health care. We find desktop computers in many hospital departments and physicians' offices, and we see the number of hospital information systems growing. in the last decade the healthcare field has begun to realize the potential benefits of computerization that business and industry were the first to discover.
Unfortunately, health care professionals often have not had the training to use computers effectively or to make decisions on how computers might aid them. The books in this series will try to provide this necessary information.... The goals are to make readers comfortable with this new technology and to address some of the important issues in health care computing.
This book, the first in the series, described computing machinery and concepts of programming, along with considerations in implementing computer systems in the health care environment. Lists of people and current books and journals in health care computing, as well as magazines and journals reviewing computer systems, appear in the appendices. A glossary is also included.
The reader will notice that each chapter is preceded by a schematic diagram of a computer system. In some chapters these areas are shaded to indicate topics covered in those chapters. We hope that use of this block diagram will help the reader see computers from a systems viewpoint (i.e., an integrated whole composed of many parts).
We hope this book will also be useful to computer specialists, although the technical details will be familiar to them. The special problems faced by health care professionals and the unique features of health care systems will give computer scientists a clearer picture of health care computing as a separate academic field and perhaps stimulate students' interest in this exciting career area.
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