An Electronic Medical Record for Neurology

Jeffrey L. Sponsler and Fei Pan


electronic medical record, neurology, ambient intelligent home care environments


Background: Literature review yields no neurology-specific electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Hypothesis: A prototype neurology EMR can be designed and rapidly prototyped using available technologies including database management. Methods: A neurology EMR prototype (NEMR) has been designed and developed using conventional tools (relational database, web browser language PHP). Conclusions: NEMR is in daily use and serves as the functional core of the clinic. Compared to paper based systems, the EMR allows instantaneous record access, automated report generation, electronic prescribing, and numerous other important clinical functions. Rapid prototyping with standard tools facilitated system development. Designing the NEMR specifically for neurology patients was key as the system if functionally integrated into neurology clinic methodology. Links to an artificial intelligence system for decision support has also been prototyped but exists as a research (non-production) subsystem.

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