M.I.D.A.S. — An On-Line Microbiology Information System
Computers, so much a part of our society, are now being used by clinical microbiologists as an aid in promptly and accurately delivering and managing specimen results. Within the laboratory structure, attention to microbiology computerization is relatively new and follows computerization of more automated laboratories such as chemistry and hematology. The microbiology laboratory has special needs, such as issuing a series of preliminary results leading to a final result, and thus systems developed initially for other diagnostic laboratories have not produced optimum microbiology additions. However, many vendor and “in-house” developed microbiology computer systems are in operation and descriptions of some of these have been reported1–5.
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