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September 2001

Information Technology and the Future of Child Health CareA Revolution Is Occurring

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(9):990-991. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.9.990

THERE IS a revolution occurring in information technology that influences most aspects of our lives. Cellular telephones, portable CD (compact disk) players, Walkman radios, and desktop, laptop, and palmtop computers have become commonplace inside and outside our homes and workplaces. Increasingly, we rely on these devices for communication, information, and recreation. This revolution soon will influence many aspects of the ways we practice pediatric medicine, keep up with advances in the medical sciences, and communicate with each other and with our patients and their families. It holds great promise to improve the quality of health care services, to reduce medical errors, to enhance the knowledge of parents and their effective involvement in their children's health care, and to improve child health. The following examples are offered simply to capture your attention and imagination: