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ONCOCIN has been used successfully in some contexts, but mainly as a support system and as a source of additional data. No system, especially if analyzed by someone who is less-than-expert (as were the usual users of the first incarnation of the system) can replace human intelligence. Today, clinicians are increasingly are using computerized structured data entry systems to reduce errors in the process of clinical documentation. Guided systems such as ONCOCIN can reduce errors and oversights through a template-guided formula (Fielstein 2006, p.249). But this, once again, is no substitute for professional intelligence reviewing the process and making informed and individualized assessments. ONCOCIN is an aide, not a replacement for trained expertise.

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