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June 12, 1967

Automation of Electrocardiographic Diagnostic Criteria

Author Affiliations

From the Instrumentation Field Station, Heart Disease Control Program, National Center for Chronic Disease Control, Public Health Service, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (Drs. Whiteman and Caceres, Mr. Abraham, and Mrs. Weihrer), and the Department of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine (Drs. Gorman, Calatayud, and Caceres), Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1967;200(11):932-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240060009

A complete system with capabilities to provide automatic clinical evaluations of standard 12-lead electrocardiograms has been developed. The basic equipment includes a magnetic tape ECG machine and a mediumsized digital computer. The computer accepts data directly by telephone or by tape playback. Each of the 12 leads is converted to digital samples, measured, and stored. A three-step program then recalls the measurements to be condensed, combined, and refined to one or several diagnostic statements. These are immediately available for use at the processing center or may be transmitted by teletype to the clinical site.

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