ERIC Number: ED229538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Word Processing on Office Administration in the Medical and Allied Health Professions.
Platt, Naomi Dornfeld
The effect of word processing equipment on the future medical secretarial science curriculum was studied. A literature search focused on word processing and the medical and allied health professions, word processing and business education, and futuring of and changes in the secretarial science curriculum. Questionnaires to identify various aspects of word processing in the medical and allied health professions were mailed to 101 hospitals and 417 physicians within the five boroughs of New York City. Some study participants were also interviewed to gather in-depth data on operating installations. The major finding was that word processors were not currently being used as much as was thought. With the high percentage of hospital personnel and physicians who indicated they were considering the use of word processing equipment and with decrease in their prices and future increases in technology, use of word processing was predicted to increase in the future. Larger hospitals tended to use word processing equipment. Investment costs hindered use in smaller hospitals. Another major reason for non-use was physicians' unfamiliarity with word processing equipment. A curriculum for secretarial science majors with a concentration in word processing was suggested that included courses in computer literacy and word processing supervision as well as management, simulation, and field experience. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kingsborough Community Coll., Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)