Three years experience with an on-line biochemistry computer system
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Rapid advances in automation have introduced many new problems into the clinical biochemistry laboratory; viz., the tremendous increase in the number of tests which can now be carried out daily, the problem of returning the results of these tests rapidly to the medical practitioner and the no less important problem of maintaining the quality of result.This paper outlines the attempt by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to develop an on-line biochemistry computer system, to enable this hospital to cope with these problems.Some of the main features of the system are: machine readable biochemistry request cards which set up simultaneously a patient biochemistry record on magnetic disc and autoanalyser loading lists; patient identified computer calculated results, including drift correction, directly from analyser recorders with check on carry-over and short sampling. Immediate teletype output in the laboratory and line printer output for distribution of biochemistry results is available.

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