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In a discussion starting from Haux et al. it is asked, if a safe and controllable technology to implement the patient centered health record is available and which measures must be taken to insure the safety of the record-these include legislation, education, technical measures etc. In addition to the goals set forward in the support for patient empowerment(More)
A controlled randomized study of endoscopic evacuation versus medical treatment was performed in 100 patients with spontaneous supratentorial intracerebral (subcortical, putaminal, and thalamic) hematomas. Patients with aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, brain tumors, or head injuries were excluded. Criteria for inclusion were as follows: patients' age(More)
A total number of 58 parameters (laboratory values, neurological symptoms, and vegetative parameters) were evaluated in 150 patients during the first seven days after severe head injury. The patients were divided into two groups, "survivors" and "non-survivors". Eight easily evaluable routine parameters with the most significant differences between the two(More)
Toward the end of 1997 vendors were succeeding in installing picture, archiving and communication systems (PACS) in larger numbers. It was hard to separate fact from fiction at times. This survey was undertaken by 2 members of the academic community to confirm what was operational, how well the installed systems worked, and what they were doing. Fax(More)
The Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltenges. m.b.H (KAGes) is a company, owned by the province of Styria in Austria, which operates 21 hospitals with about 8000 beds and 14000 employees, serving a population of ca. 1.2 million people. KAGes has purchased a new hospital information system (HIS) for its hospitals. Within the strategic IT plan and the 'system(More)
This is the report of a worldwide survey of 82 institutions done to identify large scale picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) in clinical operation in 1995. This survey found a continuing strong trend toward the creation and operation of large PACS. In the 15 months since the first such survey, the number of clinical large PACS went from 13 to(More)
Medical informatics systems have the ultimate goal to improve the quality of health care. However, these systems have also the potential to compromise the quality of health care if they are misused, intrinsically faulty or entail unexpected side effects. The purpose of the paper is to discuss examples from the experience of the author, where well-intended(More)
A survey of 82 institutions worldwide was done in 1995 to identify large picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) in clinical operation. A continuing strong trend toward the creation and operation of large PACS was identified. In the 15 months since the first such survey the number of clinical large PACS went from 13 to 23, almost a doubling in(More)
The volumes of the cerebral tissue, and internal and external cerebrospinal fluid spaces were calculated from the computer tomograms of 28 patients. On the basis of their different absorption coefficients, cerebral tissue and CSF space were outlines and their volumes calculated by computer. The ratio of cerebral tissue volume to CSF space volume was(More)