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Data processing in hospital bacteriology: experience of 18 months' trial
  1. J. L. Whitby1,
  2. Janet N. Blair
  1. Department of Bacteriology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham


    The nature of bacteriological investigations creates data processing problems. Non-numerical results must be coded. This may be done retrospectively or at the bench, the former method involving extra work and staff, the latter implying simple codes, stringent checking, a nearby computer, and decoding programs. The use of a shared computer for producing daily reports diminishes departmental autonomy. Benefits occur in more readily available records and statistics, quality control, epidemiology, and diagnostic bacteriology.

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    • 1 Present address: Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, Canada.