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May 11, 2011

Introducing the JAMA Clinical Challenge

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Chang (tina.chang@jama-archives.org) is Contributing Editor and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2011;305(18):1910. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.625

Medicine has entered a new era with the proliferation and integration of computer technology in virtually all clinical settings. In private offices, in clinics, and on hospital wards, information is available at a clinician's fingertips. While this technology may expedite diagnoses and save physicians time and energy, it cannot control how some information is obtained and used, making it more important than ever that physicians “do the right thing” with the knowledge they have. For many patients, this key information necessary for clinical decision making is not available from even the most sophisticated computer, but rather is obtained from direct observation of the patient's clinical findings or from careful evaluation of imaging studies.