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December 10, 1982

Computers for Medical Office and Patient Management

Author Affiliations

Walnut Creek, Calif


edited by Stacey B. Day and Jan F. Brandejs, 201 pp, with illus, $19.95, New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(22):3035. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220075050

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This book contains ten papers by leaders in the field of medical computing, emphasizing medical office management applications of computers, with limited consideration of applications to direct patient care.

In the first paper, S. B. Day presents a comprehensive historical introduction to medical informatics and a substantial biobliography.

In the second chapter, "Design Principles of Computer-aided Office Systems," J. F. Brandejs properly cautions that "... the implementation of the new computerized technology in physicians' offices is still a risky endeavor...." He defines "a modular medical information system" as "a package or set of mutually interrelated application programs working as a whole for a purpose specified by the users." He refers briefly to the "A, B, C modules," which include appointment scheduling. He mentions business-financial and chart-medical record functions (indicating that medical care functions, such as orders and reports for clinical laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, etc, are included as blocks of information in