33 years of practice experience, both solo and group, Internal Medicine and Cardiology, in community hospital with academic affiliations, and leadership in managed care settings. Local and national involvement in organized medicine.
Clem McDonald, M.D. et al. On “Canopy Computing” :
“ The rain forest canopy is a seamless web through which arboreal creatures efficiently move to reach the edible fruits without any attention to the individual trees. Individual health care computer systems are rich with patient data, but rather than a canopy linking all the trees in the forest, the data ”fruit” come from a diverse forest of individual computer “trees” -- laboratory systems, word processing systems, pharmacy systems and the like. These different sources of patient information are difficult or impossible to reach by individual physicians, especially from their offices. The World Wide Web and other standardization technology provide physicians and
their institutions the tools needed for seamless and secure access to their patients’ data and medical information, when and where they need it. We and others have adopted these tools to combine independent sources of clinical data. Physicians who assist in the purchase of clinical information systems should demand products in their practice settings that are Web enabled, use standard coding systems, and communicate with other computers via broadly accepted protocols.
The Massachusetts Medical Society was established as a professional association of physicians by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an Act of Incorporation, Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1781. Section 2 of that Act states:
"The purposes of the Massachusetts Medical Society shall be to do all things as may be necessary and appropriate to advance medical knowledge, to develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards of medical practice and health care, and to promote medical institutions formed on liberal principles for the health, benefit and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth."
The Massachusetts Medical Society and NEJM Approach
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