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An examination of the efforts of the National Center for Health Services Research and Development to identify areas for the application of modern technology, particularly computer technology, to critical health care problems. Focus is on those solutions applicable to problems of hospitals and clinics; applications to biological research and development are not considered. Included are brief descriptions of (1) patient-monitoring systems; (2) permanent automated patient clinical record files that can store and retrieve data in both narrative and numerical form; (3) an automated system whereby drugs ordered at the nursing terminal can be delivered and accounted for in the inventory of the pharmacy and in the cost records of the hospital; (4) automated clinical chemistry laboratories, with computer-based analysis and display of data; (5) population multiphasic health screening; (6) patient interviewing techniques that could be used in preventive medicine as well as in rudimentary diagnosis and therapy; and (7) pattern recognition devices for tissue typing, etc. 15 pp.

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