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Computer-Assisted Diagnosis in Pediatrics

Lewis A. Barness, MD; Walter W. Tunnessen Jr., MD; William E. Worley, MD; Theodore L. Simmons; Thomas B. K. Ringe Jr.
Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(6):852-858. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110250078011.
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A comprehensive computer-assisted diagnosis system of acquired and congenital pediatric diseases has been developed. In a pilot study, using patient information available at the time of the initial history and physical examination, the system included the correct diagnosis as part of a differential diagnosis in 90% of the cases. In those selected, the patient's final confirmed diagnosis had not been considered by the doctor on admission. Such a system can reduce the risk of overlooking a diagnosis as well as the time needed to make a diagnosis. It also permits the physician to have immediate access to newly described diagnoses. A medical secretary, using the vocabulary provided, can take the findings from a patient's chart and obtain the list of diagnoses from the system as accurately as a physician.


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