Computer-assisted learning in critical care: From ENIAC to HAL

K. Tegtmeyer, L. Ibsen, B. Goldstein

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Computers are commonly used to serve many functions in today's modern intensive care unit. One of the most intriguing and perhaps most challenging applications of computers has been to attempt to improve medical education. With the introduction of the first computer, medical educators began looking for ways to incorporate their use into the modern curriculum. Prior limitations of cost and complexity of computers have consistently decreased since their introduction, making it increasingly feasible to incorporate computers into medical education. Simultaneously, the capabilities and capacities of computers have increased. Combining the computer with other modern digital technology has allowed the development of more intricate and realistic educational tools. The purpose of this article is to briefly describe the history and use of computers in medical education with special reference to critical care medicine. In addition, we will examine the role of computers in teaching and learning and discuss the types of interaction between the computer user and the computer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)N177-N182
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number8 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Aug 25 2001


  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Critical care
  • History of computer-assisted learning
  • Interactivity
  • Medical education
  • Scenarios
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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