From the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md. Dr Lindberg is a member of the JAMA Editorial Board.
Edited by Ronna Henry Siegel, MD, Contributing Editor.
COMBINING COMPUTERS, communication networks, online medical information,
and electronic patient data can improve health care decisions, prevent dangerous
oversights, increase access to care, and reduce unnecessary cost.1 It is becoming easier to envision a future in which
this powerful combination of digital technology and data is available throughout
the United States. Recent developments illustrate the technical, organizational,
and public policy challenges that will accompany this future. Predictably,
user expectations and technical advances are outpacing the resolution of organizational
and public policy issues.
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