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Information systems introduced carefully can aid clinicians

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1594
  1. R C Baldwin, Consultant in old age psychiatry
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9BX

    EDITOR—The article by Simpson and Gordon on clinical information technology is free of jargon and relevant.1 It is also realistic. I have seen three software systems come and go in the trust where I am based. All were management tools; clinicians were merely encouraged to believe in them. Then four years ago I had the opportunity to purchase an early version of a medical information management system (the Advanced Medical Information Guidance and Organisational System manufactured by AVC Multimedia, Norwich); this system …

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