The Internet has much to offer hand surgeons in terms of information retrieval, collaboration, and professional practice interactions. The medical community is somewhat behind the general business community in exploiting the potential of the Internet, but great progress can be expected in the near future to benefit hand surgeons and their patients. Setting up and running a hand surgery web site can be a rewarding experience, but requires proper planning and realistic expectations. Web technology used for business enterprise customer support will provide the architecture for more useful hand surgery practice web sites.

Charles Eaton MD 2001