Microbiology subsystem of a total, dedicated laboratory computer system

D. J. Lawrie, R. J. Elin, V. J. Gill, T. L. Lewis, J. D. MacLowry, F. G. Witebsky

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The computer system used by the Microbiology Service of the Clinical Pathology Department, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health is discussed. This microbiology subsystem is a part of a dedicated on-line laboratory computer system used by the entire department. The laboratory computer is connected on-line to a hospital computer which provides patient admission, transfer, and discharge data. Mark sense worksheets and cathode ray tube terminals are used for result entry and correction. Cumulative patient reports are printed. Results for both active and completed accessions can be easily retrieved on cathode ray terminals in the laboratory. All laboratory data are archived on magnetic tape from which a research data base and microfiched laboratory records are generated. The manner in which the system is integrated in the routine operation of the microbiology laboratory is emphasized. In addition, some of the costs, benefits, liabilities, and pitfalls associated with the introduction of the computer in the laboratory are reviewed. Finally, we have presented our concept of some of the future enhancements to our present system and some of the directions in which any future microbiology system might develop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-875
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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