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Contempo 1998
October 21, 1998

Medicine and Health on the Internet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 1998;280(15):1303-1304. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1303

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.