Nothing covered the concrete floor but construction scars, and the furniture had yet to arrive at Tampa's Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute. But the empty rooms gave one clue about the future of the new hospital: a long row of electrical outlets and cable hook-ups. Outside in the hallway were more outlets, where computers will allow doctors to check patients' records or view X-rays and diagnostic tests.
"Our goal here is we're getting away from the paper medical records," says Brigitte Shaw, Pepin's chief executive officer. "We'll have computer devices along the corridors."
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