The greater Dayton area has begun building the nation's first advanced technology community network for sharing patient medical information among independent hospitals. Its success in doing so has resulted from the surmounting of numerous business and technical barriers. Others planning to develop such networks can learn from the Dayton experience.
Thomas W. Ferratt, Ph.D., is Professor of MIS, Department of MIS & Decision Sciences, School of Business Administration, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
Albert L. Lederer, Ph.D., is Professor, Decision Sciences and Information Systems, College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
Stephen R. Hall, B.S.I.E., B.S.C.I.S., M.S.E.G.M., is a Consultant, Springboro, Ohio.
Joseph M. Krella, B.S., M.P.A., F.A.C.H.E., is President, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Dayton, Ohio.