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April 1970

Information Technologies and Health Care: 4. The Need for New Technologies to Support Planning and Management

Author Affiliations

Yorktown Heights, NY

From the Advanced Systems Development Division, International Business Machines Corp., Yorktown Heights, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(4):711-715. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310040135019

Previous articles in this series, published in the January, February, and March issues (Arch Intern Med125:157, 351, 503), considered the medical care system at what may be called its "cellular" level, at which individual physicians treat individual patients. Development of new technologies to modernize the system at this cellular level is a prerequisite to meeting the objectives of medical care.

In addition to the one-to-one interaction of physician and patient, previously considered, the medical care system involves an increasing specialization of its functional components and consequently an increasing need for a functional interlock among the parts. In effect, the field now constitutes a metazoan organism with specialized organs. In this communication, the health system is considered at this organismic level. The areas selected for discussion exemplify those whose proper development and function seem most dependent on the use of advanced information technologies. These areas relate to major innovations

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