Computers will surely play a
key role in the future of our health. Computers
will be used by scientists and researchers in many new ways to collect, store,
manipulate, and analyze data. Running
simulations is one of the most important applications.
This allows scientists to test new theories and designs or can examine a
problem that does not lend itself to direct experimentation.
Chemists may use computer simulation to design and test molecular models
of new drugs. Computer-assisted
instruction, or CAI, uses computerized lessons that range from simple practice
sessions to complex interactive tutorials.
These programs will be invaluable teaching tools in medical schools,
where the topics are very complex and the cost of human teachers is extremely