Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
In the story of health care in the United States, technology has played
the roles of both hero and villain. As hero, it has provided innovations,
from antibiotics to emerging gene therapies, that have allowed Americans to
lead longer and healthier lives. As villain, it has been a primary driver
of spiraling health care costs and, with that, the growth of managed care,
rising numbers of uninsured Americans, and an increasing gap between those
who do and do not have access to optimal care. Understanding the growth of
technology is thus critical for understanding the past, present, and future
prospects for the US health system.
Druss BG. Technology. JAMA. 2004;292(24):3032-3038. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.3036-a