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Remote Real-Time Computer System for Medical Research and Diagnosis

James F. Dickson III, MD; Lawrence Stark, MD
JAMA. 1966;196(11):967-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240101020.
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There has been a growing recognition in recent years of the usefulness of the digital computer in medical research and diagnosis.1-3 In order to increase the flexibility and effectiveness of our computer for biomedical studies we have developed a real-time computer system that controls complex investigative procedures, rapidly analyzes experimental data, and displays pertinent findings while studies are still in progress.4,5 Recently, this system has been placed under the remote teletypewriter control of hospital investigators in Boston and at the National Institutes of Health in the interest of facilitating their efforts in research and diagnosis. It is likely that in time such remote computer systems will effectively link medical facilities throughout the country and will service areas where adequate diagnostic facilities are not readily available.

Computer Facility  Our laboratory group is made up of electrical engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and biomedical scientists who are applying communication-engineering concepts, control theory,


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