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October 24, 1986

Birth Defects Information System (BDIS)

JAMA. 1986;256(16):2269. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380160127039

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This menu-driven program has broad capabilities and is easy to operate. There are many attractive features in this program, but it is seriously flawed.

The program consists of two disks with good documentation. Provisions are made for periodic updates to expand the library of listed defects. The cost is $1495 for the initial program and $995 for annual renewals.

The program is flexible, with capabilities too extensive to list. The main part centers on patient information, which can be entered via menus. The menus are easy to use. Movement between menus and data entry are quick and well conceived. There is some on-line help, but the user will need the documentation at hand, at least for the first few hours of use. The few things that are needed to run this program are easy to learn, so referring to the documentation becomes unnecessary in a short time.

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