To the Editor.—
The remote telephone linkage of a personal home computer to a hospital laboratory computer offers substantial benefits to attending physicians and their patients.The evolution of computers has recently resulted in widespread hospital applications. Their use in clinical laboratories has helped disseminate patient information, leading to improved care. Paralleling the development and hospital use of the large computer is the use of the small personal microprocessor. Currently, there is widespread application of these relatively inexpensive devices in various medical areas. The remote telephone linkage of a personal home computer to a hospital laboratory computer provides for the retrieval of patient data.The clinical laboratories at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, use a Data General C330 Eclipse central processing unit and Medical Information Technology, Inc (Meditech) software for work load organization and data management. The laboratories provide a full range of virology, microbiology, hematology, chemistry,
Russell S, Uhley H. Clinical Usefulness of a Personal Computer. JAMA. 1983;249(3):350. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330270020010
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