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June 1974

Computer-Assisted Diagnosis in Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

Tampa, Fla; Syracuse, NY; Philadelphia
From the departments of pediatrics, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa (Dr. Barness); the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse (NY) (Dr. Tunnessen); and MEDITEL, Inc, Philadelphia (Dr. Worley and Messrs. Simmons and Ringe).

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(6):852-858. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110250078011

A comprehensive computer-assisted diagnosis system of acquired and congenital pediatric diseases has been developed. In a pilot study, using patient information available at the time of the initial history and physical examination, the system included the correct diagnosis as part of a differential diagnosis in 90% of the cases. In those selected, the patient's final confirmed diagnosis had not been considered by the doctor on admission. Such a system can reduce the risk of overlooking a diagnosis as well as the time needed to make a diagnosis. It also permits the physician to have immediate access to newly described diagnoses. A medical secretary, using the vocabulary provided, can take the findings from a patient's chart and obtain the list of diagnoses from the system as accurately as a physician.