The digital transformation of health care

Physician Exec. Jan-Feb 2000;26(1):8-15.


The arrival of the Internet offers the opportunity to fundamentally reinvent medicine and health care delivery. The "e-health" era is nothing less than the digital transformation of the practice of medicine, as well as the business side of the health industry. Health care is only now arriving in the "Information Economy." The Internet is the next frontier of health care. Health care consumers are flooding into cyberspace, and an Internet-based industry of health information providers is springing up to serve them. Internet technology may rank with antibiotics, genetics, and computers as among the most important changes for medical care delivery. Utilizing e-health strategies will expand exponentially in the next five years, as America's health care executives shift to applying IS/IT (information systems/information technology) to the fundamental business and clinical processes of the health care enterprise. Internet-savvy physician executives will provide a bridge between medicine and management in the adoption of e-health technology.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Computers
  • Commerce / trends
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Managed Care Programs
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Patient Education as Topic / trends
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Physicians / psychology
  • Research
  • Telemedicine
  • United States