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June 22, 1994

Traveling the New Information Highway

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, and RAND, Santa Monica, Calif.

JAMA. 1994;271(24):1955-1956. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510480079039

Every new technical advance in communication, as it becomes practical, has been adopted by medicine. As a consequence, the article on the Internet by Glowniak and Bushway in this issue1 of The Journal is worthy of the reader's attention, even if the subject of personal and direct information retrieval and message exchange by networked computers is not a part of his or her practice or present mode of continuing medical education. At many levels, interactive long-distance computing is becoming a phenomenon that is difficult to ignore. Like the physical highways before it, the electronic information highway is stretching itself across the nation and around the world, this time by glass fiber networks and satellite, thereby changing how work will be done and, ultimately, how professions will be organized. Clearly, information and communication technologies are converging, so that information exchange is different today than it has ever been in the