Nancy M. Lorenzi, PhD; Lisa Miller
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Lorenzi N., Miller L.; Using Information and Communication Technology in Healthcare. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137:858. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-10-200211190-00024
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(10):858.
Tyrrell S. 176 pages. Oxford, United Kingdom: Radcliffe Medical Pr; 2002. £19.95. ISBN 1857754697. Order at http://www.radcliffe-oxford.com.
Field of medicine: Computer application.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Health practitioners and users of information and communication technology (ICT) in health care.
Purpose: To explain various ICTs in a user-friendly manner, enabling readers to understand and gain confidence to effectively use the technology.
Content: This book explains that the information in health care loses meaning unless it is conveyed in a timely, reliable, and safe manner and that the success of communication technology depends on the manner in which information is presented. The book begins with an explanation of basic purposes and design of computer hardware and the software functioning in it. Databases, the heart of computer systems, are then described; various forms of computer networks, such as LANs, are also discussed in an easy-to-understand manner. The following chapters on data input and output, managing ICT, security, and standards describe more complex technologies. However, they remain concise and informational, providing an understanding of how the technologies are supposed to be applied in a controlled setting. The book closes with a chapter on telemedicine technology, followed by an outlook for technologic development and application in the future.
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