Evidence based medicine, the internet, and the rise of medical informatics

Enrico Coiera*

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The birth of medical informatics as a discipline in its own right, coupled with the move to a more evidence-based clinical practice plus the advent of the Internet, may transform the face of modern medicine in the coming years. The explosive growth of the Internet, in itself a global phenomenon, may provide evidence-based practice some of the key tools it needs to achieve its aims. Together they could combine to bring about the first generation of truly ubiquitous clinical information tools. Having made that critical first step into the everyday routine of clinicians, medical informatics will become increasingly important, transforming from the highly technical and specialized field it is today, into being one of the central disciplines of clinical medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPalo Alto, CA
PublisherHwelett Packard Lab Technical Publ Dept
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996
Externally publishedYes


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