New computer system installed in Pa. hospital
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Hospital beds of the future will plug into a computer system that will monitor a patient's vital signs and progress, area hospital officials say.
That technology will even let a doctor prescribe or change medications over the Internet from home, they predict.
Summit Health, owner of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals and 22 affiliates in Franklin County, Pa., is installing a new $17.5 million computer system. It will allow the hospitals to have such state-of-the-art beds perhaps within the next five years, said Dr. David Carlson, vice president of medical affairs.
The $17.5 million will be spent over the next five years, he said.
Carlson and Michele Zeigler, vice president and chief information officer, are coordinating the installation of the new computer system.
When installation is complete in two years, the system will connect both hospitals, the new Summit Health Center which opens in January and the health system's 22 satellite affiliates - which include eight doctors' offices - into one main computer system.