Medicine: Electronic Operations

While Dr. Leo M. Taran was gathering ideas for a new operating suite, to be built at St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium for Cardiac Children at suburban Roslyn, N.Y., he visited dozens of U.S. hospitals and inspected their equipment for delicate heart surgery. Always he ended by asking his hosts: "What's wrong with it?" And always, from their experience, they could suggest improvements. Last week, as medical director of St. Francis, Dr. Taran unveiled the operating suite that he had planned as a result of these studies. It had everything.

The operating room itself,...