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June 13, 1966

Remote Real-Time Computer System for Medical Research and Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

From the Neurology Section, Electronic Systems Laboratory and Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Boston University School of Medicine (Drs. Dickson and Stark); and the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (Dr. Stark), Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Dickson is now with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Bethesda, Md. Dr. Stark is now with the Bioengineering Section, Department of Information Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago.

JAMA. 1966;196(11):967-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240101020

There has been a growing recognition in recent years of the usefulness of the digital computer in medical research and diagnosis.1-3 In order to increase the flexibility and effectiveness of our computer for biomedical studies we have developed a real-time computer system that controls complex investigative procedures, rapidly analyzes experimental data, and displays pertinent findings while studies are still in progress.4,5 Recently, this system has been placed under the remote teletypewriter control of hospital investigators in Boston and at the National Institutes of Health in the interest of facilitating their efforts in research and diagnosis. It is likely that in time such remote computer systems will effectively link medical facilities throughout the country and will service areas where adequate diagnostic facilities are not readily available.

Computer Facility  Our laboratory group is made up of electrical engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and biomedical scientists who are applying communication-engineering concepts, control theory,

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