[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
April 28, 1969

The Use of Optical Scanning as a Means of Computer Input in Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa.

JAMA. 1969;208(4):665-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160040073011

The use of computers in medicine is now widespread and accepted. A primary problem in computer utilization is the input. Optical scanning is presented as a computer input mechanism. Three practical applications of optical scanning, used as examples, are recording of (1) patient diagnosis, (2) laboratory data, and (3) results from a comprehensive ophthalmologic examination. When properly utilized, optical scanning provides one effective and efficient means of aiding the process of input for eventual information retrieval and data analysis in medicine.