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Health Care and the Next Generation Internet

Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD
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Stanford University; Stanford, CA 94305 Note: This editorial is based in part on comments delivered by the author in testimony before the House Committee on Science, Washington, D.C., 10 September 1997. Requests for Reprints: Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, MSOB X-201, 251 Campus Drive, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(2):138-140. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-2-199807150-00017
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The Internet phenomenon-spurred on since the early 1990s by the creation of its most successful application, the World Wide Web-has had a remarkable impact on our global society in just a few years [1]. The penetration of the Internet into our homes, schools, and workplaces has arguably exceeded the rate at which earlier popular consumer technologies (such as television and video-cassette recorders) were adopted.

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