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January 4, 1995

Dr Welford's Chart Notes

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Hales Corners Medical Clinic Hales Corners, Wis


version 2.6, by Charles R. Welford, nine 3.5-in disks, for IBM or IBM-compatible XT, AT, 286, 386, or 486 computer with 640K of RAM and hard disk with at least 5 MB free disk space, DOS 3.0 or higher, printer (optional), and monochrome, CGA, EGA, or VGA monitor; documentation: 708+-pp manual in 3-ring binder with tabs; $750, trial version $150, special support package $250/year (new versions of program and upgrades), Rockford, III, Welford Medical Computing Inc (1-800-424-0258), 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520250103049

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Dr Welford has succeeded in designing a workhorse program for the medical office. It was written by a practicing internist for his personal use and is primarily intended for use by physicians, residents, and medical students. It is not just another word processing program.

Dr Welford's Chart Notes is an extensively integrated clinical information management program that includes such features as a drug interaction knowledge base, an ICDM code book, and a database manager for patient allergies, medications, and diagnoses. It also has an artificial intelligence that reads each note as it is being entered, automatically updates the patient's lists of allergies, medications, and diagnoses, and will simultaneously check for drug reactions or interactions and proper dosages whenever the physician starts or stops a patient's medication. Not only will a boxed warning appear on the screen, but the warning is also referenced should the user wish more information on the

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