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Today's emphasis on cost containment and quality of care is leading hospitals to widen their automation focus from assisting financial departments to improving operations. Because acute nursing care accounts for a substantial portion of a hospital's personnel and services, developing an information system that places computer terminals at patient bedsides may lead to greater efficiency, among other benefits. Bedside access to information systems can mean that data is more accurately recorded and that nurses' time is more effectively spent on clinical care rather than clerical duties.