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Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Abstract

Obtaining appropriate information in a timely fashion in medical practice has always been a burden for the practitioner. In a large hospital which undertakes major computer projects, this burden is intensified because information is not always available in a form directly usable by the physician or support personnel; it is now accumulated on diverse magnetic media where it is moved and processed as electronic pulses. This paper describes a solution which freely allows continued automation at different rates throughout a large hospital while expediting the movement of information where it is needed in a form understandable by the recipient.

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