PMID: 1932833Sep 1, 1991Paper

The acute abdomen: the role of computer-assisted diagnosis

Baillière's Clinical Gastroenterology
A A Gunn

Abstract

CAD has been used in over 20,000 patients in an Accident and Emergency Department. Structured documentation has replaced normal case notes and a patient record is created which includes investigations and management. A copy of the documentation acts as an immediate communication to the general practitioner. The information is held on a computer and is readily accessed to produce feedback and to allow audit of any number of parameters. The results show that an improvement in diagnostic accuracy and a reduction in admissions and unnecessary laparotomies continues over 15 years. Problems have occurred; some are inherent to the system and some have been minimized as a result of a series of studies. The savings in terms of finance and facilities are considerable and the cost is small in comparison as the programs are available and the cost of hardware has diminished. It is concluded that documentation is essential. This allows the more accurate collection of information, permits analysis, acts as a method of communication and creates a detailed patient record. The use of this part of the CADA system produces a considerable improvement in the parameters used to assess satisfactory patient management. The computer diagnostic program p...Continue Reading

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Abdomen, Acute
Computer Assisted Diagnosis
Medical Audit
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