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Virtual consolidation of Boston's Beth Israel and New England Deaconess Hospitals via the World Wide Web.

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Center for Clinical Computing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.


With the advent of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, medical records are increasingly distributed across multiple institutions. Timely access to these medical records is a critical need for healthcare providers. The CareWeb project provides an architecture for World Wide Web-based retrieval of electronic medical records from heterogeneous data sources. Using Health Level 7 (HL7), web technologies and readily available software components, we consolidated the electronic records of Boston's Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals. We report on the creation of CareWeb ( and propose it as a means to electronically link Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems and geographically distant information resources.

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