IT and medicine
Getting acquainted with rapidly advancing information technology is a prerequisite for clinical competency, say Sarah Aldington and colleagues
Advances in information technology (IT) have redefined the practice of medicine12. IT has become an integral part of all facets of medicine, and it is now essential that all junior doctors obtain the skills to use it. Junior doctors simply have no choice but to master computer skills, which are now a prerequisite for achieving and maintaining clinical competency.
A command of IT also has the advantage of making the junior doctor's working life easier and provides a good basis for ongoing medical education and training3. The world of IT is developing at great speed, and competency in this area is crucial or doctors will get left behind.
In hospitals throughout the world, patients' information and communication systems are becoming increasingly computerised in an attempt to use the latest technology to improve patient care. The application is wide ranging-from electronic medical records to digital radiography to intranets that give local