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New Approach to Information Handling in General Practice

Br Med J 1974; 2 doi: (Published 20 April 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;2:162
  1. K. A. Harden,
  2. R. McG. Harden,
  3. D. Reekie


    In this paper we describe the use of punched feature cards in a general practice for 18 months. Its advantages are the low cost, speed of information retrieval, visible statistics, computer compatibility, accuracy, confidentiality, flexibility, and simplicity of setting up and collection of information. The system encourages the doctor to ask questions about his practice, and could readily be adopted in other practices.

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