Results of a Field Test of Computers for the Private Practice

  • P. L. Reichertz
  • J. R. Moehr
  • B. Schwarz
  • A. Schlatter
  • G. von Gaertner-Holthoff
  • E. Filsinger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 5)

Abstract

Installations of computers in offices of private physicians were evaluated. The tested group involved practices for gynecology, ENT, ophthalmology and general medicine. The study comprised detailed analyses of the functional characteristics of each office before, during and after the computer installation.

An increased systematization of recording and claim processing could be found. Time gain was seen in the processing of documents of new patients and of ‘repeaters’ with updates. Retrieval of administrative data was slightly longer in normal ‘repeaters’ than in the manual process. Frequencies of diagnoses, procedures and various time parameters are reported. The used set of codes or terms is manageable in regard to volume and differentiation in the individual office. In some offices time gain and shift in workload led to an economic gain. General aspects of the experiment are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. L. Reichertz
    • 1
  • J. R. Moehr
    • 1
  • B. Schwarz
    • 1
  • A. Schlatter
    • 1
  • G. von Gaertner-Holthoff
    • 1
  • E. Filsinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biometrics and Medical InformaticsMedical School HannoverHannoverFed. Rep. of Germany

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