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August 1987

Access to Information by Databases

Author Affiliations

The author is director of the Health Information Network of ICOA Inc, Philadelphia, and is editor-in-chief of the Electronic Journal of Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(8):1017. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060080015004

To the Editor.  —I read with interest the article by Michael H. Goldbaum, MD,1 published in the March 1987 issue of the Archives, on the revolution that is occurring in the ease and speed with which clinicians and researchers can obtain information by the use of databases. Of particular interest to ophthalmologists is an electronic eye journal on ophthalmology, the Electronic Journal of Ophthalmology (EJOO), which has been available on-line through the Health Information Network (HIN) since September 1986 by subscription from ICOA Inc, Philadelphia. The EJOO brings material to the user in dynamic fashion instead of the necessarily static nature of printed publications. In addition to the EJOO, the HIN also provides access to other specialty journals and to PaperChase, which is a method of utilizing MEDLINE, a database produced by the National Library of Medicine. Another item on the HIN "menu" that can be of great