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Medical Thinking: what do we know? A Review Meeting

London, 22-23 June 2006

Summary day 2
Ted Shortliffe

Department of Biomedical Informatics
Columbia University
New York

Medical Thinking: What Should We Do?
  • Decision Support lies at the heart of Biomedical Informatics
    • Integration with routine workflow is the key
    • Transparency helps to assure acceptance
    • The Web is a great facilitator of integration (Does not avoid the need for standardized terminologies and data-sharing protocols)
    • Quality of decision-support tools and their influence on clinicians can be greatly enhanced by research on medical cognition

  • Medical Thinking
    • Important - but only if we explain the practical implications of what we do
    • Of broad interest, with fascinating interdisciplinary appeal
    • Needs funding, but will get it only if we show the practical value of the work in terms of patient-care quality, error reduction, medical (clinical) education patient education and satisfaction


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Ted Shortliffe, Columbia University
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Entry on OpenClinical: 25 June 2006
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