Changing the Art of Medicine

Posted on April 13, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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.