Dr Winker is Senior Editor, JAMA (e-mail: Margaret_Winker@ama-assn.org); Mr Silberg is Editorial Director, Medical News and New Media, JAMA (e-mail: Bill_Silberg@ama-assn.org).
Computers in general and the Internet in particular have revolutionized
many aspects of our lives. Although some have criticized medicine for being
slow to embrace these tools to their full advantage,1
medicine is being transformed. Interregional and international communication,
methods of practice and practice management, even the patient-physician relationship—all
have been affected. Monumental change lies ahead.2
Winker MA, Silberg WM. Computers, the Internet, and the Practice of MedicineA Call for Papers. JAMA. 1998;279(1):66. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.66