How E Hospitals Can Save Your Life

When hospitals computerize patient care, they drastically reduce errors--and costs

Last December, Sheryl S. Alderton checked herself into Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston for a lumpectomy, a common surgical procedure for breast cancer. Like all patients, Alderton didn't want to stay in the hospital longer than necessary. Thanks to a novel program run by cancer surgeon Dr. Yvedt L. Matory, she didn't have to. Two days after the procedure--and two days earlier than normal--Matory sent Alderton home, equipped with a Sony Vaio computer complete with a video lens and speaker phone.

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