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A New Mobile Patient Information System

Narrator: This is Science Today. A new mobile patient information system invented at UCLA revolutionizes critical patient care when immediate response time and accurate, comprehensive information can mean life or death. Dr. Neil Martin, head of neurosurgery at the UCLA School of Medicine, came up with the idea that led to the system called Global Care Quest, which allows wireless access to the patient's medical record. Martin says it's a whole new level of telecommunication for medicine.

Martin: Want me to take a look at the scan? OK. Now we can not only talk to the people on-site, but we can review the entire medical record including waveforms for EKG, including every image in the hospital's radiology system.

Narrator: Currently, over a thousand doctors at UCLA use this potentially life-saving technology.

Martin: Rather than my having to travel to the hospital to review the data, it's immediately transmitted to me. The wheels start rolling immediately for the appropriate care for the patient.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.