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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

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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