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Technology and Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The past year marked the entrance of the American Medical Association into the field of electronic transmission of medical information and education. A system of computer-based medical data bases, accessible by way of a nationwide packet-switching network, was designed by Marvin E. Johnson, MD. Through the joint efforts of the AMA staff and General Telephone and Electronics (GTE), this system became operational. The computerized information bases were established in GTE computers in Vienna, Va, and became accessible through any telephone handset using an acoustic coupler (modem) and a computer terminal. A local, rather than a long-distance, telephone call is usually sufficient in many areas because the Telenet network has 250 local nodes located throughout the country.The impact of microelectronics and telecommunication technologies on education will be great qualitatively and quantitatively. The system can furnish specific information to the physician at the location where
Johnson ME, Gannon MI. Continuing Medical Education. JAMA. 1982;248(24):3285–3287. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330240045006
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