Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor
As chairman of a large manufacturer of microchips, I'm involved every
day in the creation and deployment of information technology. As a prostate
cancer patient, who was diagnosed 3 years ago, I had an opportunity to explore
the potential of this technology in health care, using the Internet to help
me research my illness and determine the course of my treatment.
Networked computers and digital communication are now common in modern
commercial operations, large and small. Data are turned into information,
information into knowledge, and knowledge into informed decisions far faster
than it was when such exchanges required one's physical presence in meetings
and the successful completion of arduous games of telephone tag.
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