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Title Computers in Medicine
Author(s) G. Octo Barnett, MD
Source JAMA, Vol. 263, No. 19, Pages 2631-2633
Publication Date May 16, 1990
Abstract Two dominant characteristics of the current practice of medicine are the explosion in medical knowledge and the increased importance of the medical record in documenting patient care for an ever-growing list of users. The practice of medicine is dominated by how we process information, how we record information, how we retrieve information, and how we communicate information. The need to improve the management of this information has been an important driving force stimulating the development of information technology applications in medicine. Although the potential of the use of information technology in medicine is still only beginning to be realized, the development and dissemination of computer applications is occurring at an ever-increasing rate.

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