Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


This article describes our experience in the development and implementation of a computerized information system specifically designed for a Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. Specific issues related to planning and implementation are discussed, and potential pitfalls in setting up such a system are addressed. The combination of a mainframe and a miniframe as integral parts of the system and the development of peripheral support in specific applications using a personal microcomputer are also described. The important area of user/computer interface and of user motivation is discussed in the light of the experience acquired while implementing the current system.