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October 1995

On-line Resources for Pediatricians

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Medical Informatics, Division of General Medical Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Diagnostic Center, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Mo. Dr Spooner is now with the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(10):1160-1168. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170230114018

Background:  Medical information is increasingly available on computer networks.

Objectives:  To familiarize the pediatrician with some of the terms associated with these on-line resources, and to describe what is available via the Internet and dial-up computer bulletin boards.

Data Sources:  Information for this article was taken from publicly available on-line services and Internet servers.

Data Extraction:  Only resources relevant to pediatric practice were included.

Data Synthesis:  Medical information on the Internet is in a state of evolution. Useful resources for pediatricians are sparse but expanding rapidly.

Conclusions:  Pediatricians may use on-line computer networks to communicate. Familiarity with computer networks will become more important to pediatricians as electronic medical records, on-line medical literature, and telemedicine (the practice of medicine over long distances) become more common. Medical libraries and commercial on-line services are good places to begin to investigate the availability of medical information over computer networks.(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149:1160-1168)

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