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April 1980

Automated Data Management for Clinicians: A Low-Cost Approach

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, University of California at Davis and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Martinez, Calif (Drs Wong and Carson); and the Research Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Martinez, Calif (Mr Teague).

Arch Surg. 1980;115(4):514-518. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380040136024

• A self-instructional general purpose clinical data management system using a low-cost microcomputer has been developed specifically for use by clinicians not familiar with computers. The system was designed to resemble the traditional manual method of data analysis, while the time-consuming and repetitive procedures intrinsic to the manual method have been replaced by automation. This system has been used to analyze a variety of clinical problems, including patient chart review, collation of laboratory research data, initiating a vascular registry, and calculations with trending of physiological and laboratory data in the intensive care unit. User acceptance has been uniformly positive.

(Arch Surg 115:514-518, 1980)