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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:0

The internet is a “disruptive” technology. Like fire, it has the potential to change everything. We are entering a phase of creative destruction, when the familiar will be destroyed and replaced by something new that does the job much better. This applies to journals, healthcare systems, everything. This issue includes innovations that point us to the future.

Some corporations—particularly Microsoft—have become very rich producing software, but Douglas Carnall describes a new world where high quality software will be free (p 976). Information systems, he points out, are difficult to …

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