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

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Some characteristics of the early computers. Computer EDVAC UNIVAC lAS EDSAC Ferranti I Pilot ACE SEAC SWAC Whirlwind I Harvard Mark III Burroughs ERA 1101 Decimal Clock frequency or binary Word length KH B D B B B B B B B D D B bits characters Bits bits bits bits bits bits bits decimals 9 decimals 24 bits 44 12 40 35 40 32 45 36 16 16 Memory Types* No. of words Mercury 1,024 Mercury 1,000 Asynch. Williams 1,024 500 Mercury 512 100 Williams 256 1,000 Mercury 360 1,000 Mercury 512 125 Williams 256 1,000 Core 256 28 Drum* 4,000 125 Drum 800 400 Drum 16,384 1,000 2,250 Input outpul No.

A new generation of computers was coming; so much had been learned in so short a time that this next generation would represent a break. with the past. 1. The Third Generation In 1964, IBM announced their third generation System/360 computers affered in six compatible models. These computers were intended as replacements for existing IBMcomputermodels but were quite different from them. Consequently, the movement of data and programs from the old machines to the new ones was difficult and costly, and customers suffered from the conversion process and resented it.

2 The two figures combined suggest a matrix of processes that can be managed by automation: a clinicallaboratory system that acts as a process control system. It is not, however, tightly coupled. It produces materials for people to work with, supports the quality assurance process, and requires human interactions to make adjustments. There now are many tumkey systems available, and several custom systems also have been exported for use by other institutions. It will suffice to note that the systems are designed to support the intemal processing needs of the clinical laboratory.

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