One of the little side topics we touched upon was the amount of intelligence that can be embedded in paper forms....when they are designed with intelligence and intent.
This was a highly developed art form before computers became ubiquitous. I think we lost much.
One type of paper form is called a "nomogram".
A nomogram ...is a graphical calculating device, a two-dimensional diagram designed to allow the approximate graphical computation of a function. ...nomography was ...used extensively for many years to provide engineers with fast graphical calculations of complicated formulas to a practical precision. -From WikipediaA typical nomogram looks like this:
|Picture from Wikipedia|
What a waste!! I can remove stitches. I have two sisters and two sisters-in-law who are nurses. I have a brother who is a doctor. I was directed to return to the originating Emergency Room because it simplified their paper(computer)work. It reduced it down to forty minutes of data entry.
The Flu scares this guy. And the Flu scares me.
The factors that contribute to the spread of the flu also contribute to the spread of other contagious diseases that are often mistaken for flu. Consequently, Emergency Rooms not only get slammed with flu, they also get hammered with Noro, Ears, Nose, Throat and Sinus Infections, Colds, and Upper Respiratory Infections.
This is my best shot at a nomogram to assist in the clinical diagnosis of this cluster of maladies. Don't take this to the bank. I am not a doctor. This is the effort of a layman. It is 90 minutes of work and was fueled by two glasses of Merlot...it is merely an attempt illustrate the power and simplicity of an intelligently designed paper form.
|Circle the Fever, Pain, Discharge and History entries that best apply. Draw a straight line that is a best fit.|
Every problem looks like a nail when your only tool is a hammer. Computers are seductive. It is too easy to not see any of the other tools in your tool box when you have a shiny, new computer.