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July 14, 1989

A Practical Guide to Medical Computer Systems

Author Affiliations

New York, NY

New York, NY

JAMA. 1989;262(2):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430020133046

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Decisions, decisions. Whether to operate or observe the patient, to own or rent the office, to participate in Medicare or not to participate in Medicare. And now, whether to automate your practice or stick with your trusty pegboard. To make matters worse, the next generation of computers seems to come faster than the next generation of cephalosporins. If only progress would slow down enough to let our comprehension catch up to it!

Yet it would be a mistake to think that choosing a brand of computer will ever be as simple as choosing a brand of rubber glove. The subject is complicated and is likely to stay complicated for some time—this the reason for the glut of computer-oriented books, flash cards, keyboard overlays, quick reference cards, magazines, and videotapes. There are even computer programs to help understand other computer programs. The video under discussion here is designed to assist a