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Computers and medicine: up close

From the May 1997 ACP Observer, copyright 1997 by the American College of Physicians.

ACP Observer asked attendees at the computer pre-Session course what they would take back from the course to their practice. Here are some of the responses:

"I have used computers in the hospital so I'm familiar with them, but I started a solo practice just four weeks ago, and I want to know what I'll need for it. I know I'll be using a computer to keep track of billing, but I think right now it's too expensive and complicated for a solo practice to use computers for patient records."

Azhar M. Tahir, ACP Member
Hammondsport, N.Y.

"The VA hospital where I work already has some form of electronic records, but the hospital wants physicians to use computers more-for notes on patients' histories and physicals. My department chair wants me to represent the doctors, and it's been hard for me to find out what works and what doesn't with so much out there."

Gail A. Welsh, ACP Member
Naperville, Ill.

"As doctors, we need to be able to know how to increase productivity and efficiency in providing quality care, and computers can help us do that. I think it's important to understand all this because it's the future of medicine."

William Huang, ACP Member
Buffalo, NY

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