The Electronic Environment: How Has It, How Will It, and How Should It Affect Us?

Michael G. Sarr

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Nevertheless, the future is bright and offers vastly improved communication, organization, speed of search, and efficiency enabled by the concept of digitized data entry and retrieval. The opportunities are virtually boundless and will change (and may even abolish) the paper world as we now know it. We must be prepared, keep an open mind, and constructively control the electronic environment to meet our needs - the computer should be our slave and not vice versa. As Peter Kilbridge, a pediatrician turned information technology consultant stated, "Physician's main obstacle is time . . . for any Internet application to catch on, it has to be easy to use and time efficient."3 Not all electronic applications or technologies save time, improve efficiency, or save money. The fact that it can be done electronically does not always mean that it should be done. The challenge will be to control its implementation in a rational, insightful way - for many of us, it will require thinking "outside the box.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-582
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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