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November 1999

The Year 2000: Placing New Technology in Context

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(11):1545-1546. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.11.1545

TREMENDOUS ADVANCES in ophthalmic, medical, and public health knowledge and technology have profoundly improved our lives. The 20th century is marked by the constant of an ever-increasing technology base that enables us to do more for more people. In many ways new technological applications will benefit not only patients but also those who provide such services.1 New pharmaceuticals, devices, services, and procedures will all continue to advance our ability to help our patients. Yet, as we move into the 21st century, we can glean guiding principles from experience and place evaluation of new technology into an appropriate context.