Computer applications and Internet services in medicine and health care. – H.U. Nwanjo and C.L. Nwanjo
With continuing advances in information and communication technology, the application of computers in medicine have increased rapidly, is well as their potential to revolutionise health care. Computers can be used in hospitals at the reception, billing, admission, OPD’s registration, laboratories, radiology, OT endoscopes) and patient management in wards. The Internet is transforming health care. It is creating a new conduit not only for communication but also in the access, sharing, and exchange of information among people and machines. Recent developments indicate that the Internet can also foster a new level of knowledge among patients, enabling them to have input into decision making about their health care. With the advent of the Internet, information resources are now open to one’s finger touch. Literature search can be done on databases such as MEDLlNE, EMBASE and BlOSIS as well as on other Web sites very quickly.