Med Records Get Cue From Napster Wired News (12/14/00) Vol. 35, No. 3 p.C1; Delio, Michelle
The National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine
reports that close to 50,000 deaths resulting from medical errors
occur annually. These errors occur most often because physicians
do not have immediate access to needed information on patients.
In an effort to change those statistics, CareScience began
developing the "CareScience Care Data Exchange" in November 1999.
The data exchange, scheduled for release in January 2001, mirrors
the popular music-sharing service offered by Napster.
CareScience has employed Napster's peer-to-peer (P2P) technology,
enabling medical personnel to quickly access critical
health-related data. P2P provides for the immediate transfer of
data from one computer to another. P2P, which is less expensive
than a central server-based system, enables people to share
information stored on networks or individual hard drives.