Clinical Information Systems by Bruce I. Blum (auth.)

By Bruce I. Blum (auth.)

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There are three types of objects: Data. These are the uninterpreted elements that are given to the problern solver (the Latin word datum means "the given"). Examples are a patient's name, a test result, or a diagnosis. Most mathematical computation operates only on data. The use of a formula to compute the body surface area from the patient's height and weight is a simple example of an application that operates only on data. Information. This is a collection of data that contains meaning. The processing of data usually ends with a display of information.

Arge magnetic recording surface on the outside of a drum. lt was a forerunner of the modern disk. From A. Ralston and E. D. Reilly (eds), Encyc/opedia ofComputer Science and Engineering. 1983 6 subject to failure. Data were organized as two-dimensional arrays; a third dimension would provide access to the individual bits and thereby speed processing. Jay Farrester of MIT began thinking about the problern in 1947. Hissolution was the magnetic core which became the standard storage medium until its replacement by solid state electronic memory.

Reilly, Jr. , New York, 1983, pp538-9. 7. Conversation: Jay W. Forrester, Interviewed by Christopher Evans, Annals oj the History ofComputing (5,3) July 1983, pp298-299. 8. John von Neumann, The Computer and the Brain, Yale University Press, 1958, Cited in J. Y. 1966, p62, reprinted by permission. 9. lbid p87. 1. Historical Overview The history of medical computing has been closely tied to the growing capability of computers. In general, there has been a lag of 5 years between a technical advance in the computer field and its use in medical computing.

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