Meditation on the New Media and Professional Education

By Joseph V. Henderson, MD

This article is from a 1995 book, Health and the New Media: Technologies Transforming Personal and Public Health (edited by Linda M. Harris, PhD)

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The federal government did not reform health care but information and communication technologies could, for better or worse.

Will these new media increase access to health care or widen the gap between those who do and do not have it? Will they improve the quality of health care or only create the illusion of quality? And will they reduce the escalation of health care costs or contribute to it?

Joseph Henderson, Director of the Interactive Media Lab at Dartmouth Medical School, believes in the the role of stories, whether crafted or real, in helping people - care provider or care recipient - learn about the "swamp" of clinical practice. In this wide-ranging discussion, he offers a provocative view of new media and education that is, at the same time, optimistic and cautionary.