Data Processing in Clinical Biochemistry
Data processing began to be used in the Biochemistry Laboratory of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in June, 1964. At first we used a simple punch card system. We introduced the system for a fourfold purpose. First, to reduce the clerical labour of scientific staff in the laboratory and medical staff in the wards; second, to gain experience in data processing prior to the possible installation of a computer; third, to show that data in a computer-readable form was of use in laboratory management and patient care; fourth, to reduce errors in patient identification by communicating information in a machine-readable form.
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