Texas Health systems report that a factor in missing the Ebola patient had recently traveled from Liberia was that the nurse patient records which contained that fact are separate from the info the doctors access.
Hospital officials reveal why Ebola patient was released
Many people are surprised and appalled that this could happen.
Reality is that healthcare systems are an aggregate of disparate systems evolved of different origins serving various niches in the vast healthcare arena. just getting them to share the most common frequently used information efficiently has been the focus of healthcare IT for years. Asking for bigData intelligence that is usable and flexible to new needs such as this is a big expectation. So much work to be done.
Some naively think that having doctors and nurses on the IT design team is the answer to all the troubles facing healthcare IT.