Biomedical technology, socioeconomics, and biomedical computing: implications for change

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Pathology and laboratory medicine have changed rapidly since 1945. Three forces can be recognized as major vectors for change: rapid application of the biotechnology evolving from research in molecular biology, radically changing medical socioeconomics, and the evolving field of medical information science. While these apparently disparate elements affect all of medicine and health care, at the present time they appear to be changing pathology and laboratory medicine to a far greater extent than many other medical specialties. If pathologists fail to make the necessary changes, obsolescence may well overtake the specialty. Planning for the innovative educational and training programs that will be required to meet the future demands of the specialty is essential, not only for those now in practice but for those who will follow us.



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