Jennifer Steffy Swanson

Going Digital

Advocates say developing medical information technology can change the health care system for the better. Rhode Island is about to find out if they’re right.

A man experiencing chest pain walks into a hospital emergency department seeking care. During standard questioning by the ER staff regarding his medical history, the patient reveals he suffered a prior heart attack. As he is being evaluated, an electrocardiogram reveals an elevated ST segment, which, in some cases, indicates a heart attack. The hospital staff can’t access the patient’s…