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August 1975

A New Information System for Medical Practice

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(8):1017-1024. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330080019003

A data bank containing our clinical experience with more than 3,000 patients with suspected and documented ischemic heart disease is being used to expand our ability to care for patients. This report describes how the experience is documented, stored, and retrieved so that it can be used in patient management. Data acquisition is integrated with patient care by means of forms that are part of the patient record. Follow-up information is obtained at six months, one year, and yearly thereafter. All data are stored in a computer information system that allows the doctor to recall the experience of patients like his new patient. Prognostic information is available on each new patient both on-line and in the form of a printed laboratory report. The data bank represents an initial chapter of a computer textbook of medicine.