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The format of Boulevard, Suite 401, West the media lab at the Massa With these words on page each plan is structured Columbia, SC 29169. chusetts Institute of Tech 1.3 of the book, Ncgroponte around the acronym nology. He cannot seem to begins to re-orient our COPE: creativity, opti help getting into a long run thinking about the profes mism, planning, and ex of "techno-babble" now and By Nicholas Ncgroponte. sion of pharmacy. How pert information. again. Publislied by Alfred A. Knopf, much of what we currentlv Each home care plan is The book has no referenc Inc., subsidian- of Random do is based on moving at clearly indexed in an easy- es but is well indexed. A mi House, Inc., 201 I-.. 50th Street, oms around? How much of to-use format. The outline nor irritation is the way the New York, NY 10022, 1995. the atom-pushing can be headings are in bold print chapter headings and sub Price S23 (hardcover), S12 - fully automated? How and understandable for a (softcover, by Vintage Books, headings are laid out. The much an imprint of Random House, of what we do in the family caregiver without layout does not give much 1996). future will be based on the any health care-related ex of a sense of order to the transport of weightless bits? periences. work. While reading the Nicholas Negroponte For example, if we believe The first page of each (pronounced ney-grow- book 1 often felt as though that the value we add to the home care plan gives an PON-tay) predicts that the Negroponte had no logical health care system is the overview that explains coming digital age will be a progression to his ideas, and provision of drug informa what the problem is, when revolution of atoms to bits, the headings did not pro tion, what will be the impli to get professional help, vide me with much direc which will "turn everything cation of the ubiquitous what the caregiver can do tion. upside down." Eor example, availability of drug informa to help, what obstacles There will be no greater multinational companies, tion in the digital age? It might be encountered, and which have been huge in influence on our profes won't happen, you say, be how to carry out and ad the past, may now be small: sion's transition in the com cause physicians won't carry- just the plan. The rest of in the digital age, a compa ing century than the dawn computers around with the home care plan pro ny may be global and small of the digital era. Just when them. Negroponte counters: vides an in-depth discus we thought it was safe to at the same time. .Atoms are sion of each topic men move from a product- the products of the old You can expect to have on tioned in the overview. your wrist tomorrow what oriented business to an in order—tangible objects like I believe the book you have on your desk to formation-oriented one, the cars, clothes, soft drinks, achieves the goal of being day, what filled a room yes and compact disks. Bits are very nature of information terday. Computing an informative resource to the products of the new technology is changing. Ne corduroy, memory muslin, a family caregiver for a pa order—information or en groponte advises us of the and solar silk might be the tient with cancer. The tertainment in digital form, implications of the change, literal fabric of tomorrow's guidance is realistic, with a able to take shape on per how markets will react, digital dress. focus on preparing for what the rules are by which sonal computers, Ws, pa commonly encountered These are the issues and per, or any other medium. business will be conducted problems. The book an questions Negroponte forces Negroponte writes that in the future, and how reim swers the questions most us to consider. the coming digital age will bursement and copyright is often asked by caregivers The author is at his best thrust on the workforce as sues will be addressed. and patients with cancer when he discusses the po big a change as did the revo As always, the key to get and provides encourage tential impact of the digital ting out in front of change lution from an agrarian to ment for them to seek an age on the future of society and making it work for you an industrial society. He swers to the difficult ques and the workplace. In dis predicts that, over the next is to be well informed. Beiny tions and evaluate treat cussing the Internet, for ex decade, many people will be Digital is a tremendous re ment options. ample, he points out that thrown out of work as fully source to help us under The Home Care Guide for "Distance seems to function automated systems enter stand the new battleground Crmcer would be an excel in reverse. 1 frequently get the white-collar workplace, of the digital war. And the lent resource not only to in faster replies from distant much the same way that good news is, the book is a the caregiver and patient places than close ones be factory machinery has re great read as well. with cancer, but for any cause the time change al placed unskilled labor in Rex-iewed bv Michael /. Mclbv, person working with a pa lows people to answer while performing repetitive tasks. M.S., BCPS, Pharmacy tient with cancer, such as a 1 sleep—so it feels closer." The digital age is about the Practice, HealthPartners of clinical pharmacist, home He predicts that 1 billion global movement of Southern Arizona, 5301 E. infusion pharmacist, home people will be connected to weightless bits at the speed Grant Road, Tucson. . \Z the Internet bv the vear of light. As one industrv af 85712. 2236 Am J Health-Syst Pharm Vol 53 Sep 15 1996
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy – Oxford University Press
Published: Sep 15, 1996
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