Computerized Patient Information System for Child Amputee Clini

CURT EDHOLM, MD, CHARLES BUKREY, MD,RAYMOND J. LOVETT, MD ANDSHIRLEY FERGUSON-EDHOLM*


The ability to evaluate treatment modalities and define patient profiles for large clusters of juvenile amputees has been hindered by: 1) lack of standardization of data; 2) difficulty in accessing and collecting data from patient records; and 3) the subsequent expensive staff time required to hand log, retrieve, and collate the data. To address this issue, a computer project was initiated in 1984 to design a software program to accommodate unique characteristics of amputees. The project has been "on line" since June 1986, with the current project phase being that of data input. Standardized program output reports have been developed to assist in clinic management needs, as well. as for medical research and educational needs. The presentors exhibit the data sets and standardized reports and describe limitations and the potential for the computerized information system.

Area Child Amputee Center, 235 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503