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When Montefiore installed its electronic data system in October 1963, it entered the modern era of clinical research. Medical records that once filled 30 typewritten pages could now fit on two or three inches of tape and be read in a fraction of a second. The new system was a boon for researchers conducting population and disease studies: Gone was the clerical effort needed to organize and analyze millions of facts.
What was modern in 1963 (which, coincidentally, was the year Montefiore became the University Hospital for Einstein) would pale in comparison with today’s electronic medical systems. “We’ve gone from a single room in a hospital to a major data center in Yonkers with hundreds of employees,” says Eran Y. Bellin, M.D., vice president of clinical information technology research and development in Montefiore’s Emerging Health Information Technology group. Dr. Bellin is also a professor of clinical epidemiology and population health and of clinical medicine at Einstein.