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March 7, 1966

Periodic Health Examinations Using an Automated Multitest Laboratory

JAMA. 1966;195(10):830-833. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100100082023

Automated multitest laboratories with automated, electronic, and computer equipment are used as an integral part of a routine periodic health examination for 4,000 patients a month. The automated multitest laboratory provides electrocardiography, anthropometry, chest and breast x-rays, visual acuity tests, tonometry, retinal photography, audiometry, vital capacity determinations, a health questionnaire on prepunched cards, and laboratory tests including eight blood chemistries done simultaneously with direct punched-card output. Before the patient leaves the multitest laboratory, additional indicated procedures are arranged in accordance with programmed computer "advice" rules. When all test reports are received, the computer prints out a summary report for the physician. The advent of automation and computers may introduce a new era of preventive medicine.