Computer systems are now a common feature in business, research and medical practice settings. Some pediatricians are enthusiastically committed to such systems and others are waiting expectantly for greater clarity in the field before making the plunge of upgrading current systems. Still others are quite satisfied with their present non-computer billing and record systems and justifiably have no plans to change.

For those interested in exploring the possible acquisition of an office computer system it is appropriate to ask what the Academy can do to help pediatricians better understand their options for implementing effective and efficient computer systems. Not only is data processing a highly technical field but major improvements in equipment and programs have recently occurred with lightning speed. Understandably, the busy practitioner is in need of help to evaluate the sales presentations of glib computer system salesmen.

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