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August 9, 1995

PrimePractice: A CD-ROM Quarterly for Primary Care Physicians

Author Affiliations

Southern California Permanente Medical Group Kaiser Permanente Health Care Program San Diego, Calif


vol 1, No. 1: Cardiology, one CD-ROM and one 3.5-in disk for PCs with 486SX 25MHz processor or better, VGA monitor, sound card, 8MB RAM, and double-speed CD-ROM drive and Windows 3.1; Macintosh version requires color-capable Macintosh using 68030 25 MHz processor or better, color monitor and video card, 5 MB RAM, System 7.01 or later, and double-speed CD-ROM drive; $495 charter annual subscription, $1295 charter three-year subscription, Rochester, Minn, Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis, Minn, IVI Publishing, (1-800-661-6170, ext P100), 1994.

JAMA. 1995;274(6):510. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530060086048

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Imagine, for a moment, the customary experience of using a computer in the past decade. One sees a monitor and, surely, a keyboard. On the monitor are two simple elements: words and numbers. (What is the user doing in this image of computing past: putting data in or getting data out?) Now fast-forward to the computing present and future: all that has changed forever with the introduction of multimedia titles like PrimePractice.

I ran this software on a 486DX/2 66, with a double-speed CD-ROM drive, eight megabytes of RAM, and a NEC Multisync Monitor in Super VGA display mode, a minimum configuration for the software.

The program is available on CD ROM. It is simple to install and run. The interface (screen design) consists of buttons that one clicks on with a mouse to enter various segments of the program. Those segments consist of 28 "Hot Topics," four "Case Studies,"

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