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The ability to examine a practice, and not just a patient, only became possible for most physicians with the advent of small computers. Although many automated systems antedate their widespread appearance (around 1980), small computers revolutionized the management of data sets too large to manage by hand and too small for a mainframe. One driving force in this process has been fiscal. Computers are superb at assessing charges, generating bills, managing accounts receivable, maintaining tickler files, and providing tax documentation. But, as software reviews in this journal have attested, computers may also aid in the management of patients.
Prevent: The Patient Screening Manager. Ann Intern Med. ;109:174. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-2-174
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(2):174.
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