Changing the Art of Medicine

In a recent article in the new CMIO magazine, W. Ed Hammond, MD, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering at Duke University, says “The art of medicine has to change. It’s wasteful if it doesn’t.”

This is not a message that many doctors want to hear. Unfortunately, it’s the raw truth. Change isn’t easy. However, if we want to realize the full potential of an EHR and health care in general then doctors and other health care providers need to change the art of medicine to be more effective, more efficient and more accurate.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

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  • Older physicians may resist change, but younger physicians embrace it because they recognize the inefficiencies associated with paper charts. The push for EHR needs to be stronger and I’m eager to see what happens this year.

  • It’s very true about younger physicians. I have a theory that the reason healthcare IT is so far behind other industries is because the younger generation is just recently getting out of school or has not yet reached decision making positions in clinics.

    I wouldn’t get too excited about EHR movement this year. Expect EHR adoption to slow. See this previous post for part of my reasoning:

    What has increased is interest in EHR. We’ll see if in a couple years that increased interest turns into increased adoption.

  • With EHR, CDS and all that entails we will no longer require in bulk the physician as currently educated, trained and rewarded. That is what we physicians deep down appreciate and have built barriers to prevent. Superficially attractive though it be, the use of IT in healthcare is not to make current practices more effective or economical but to change current practices into new currently largely unimaginable forms. We need to recognise this and plan accordingly.

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