Smart Medicine: How the Changing Role of Doctors Will Revolutionize Health Care

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We’re a nation in love with the drama of the medical world—from fast-paced hospital life to the race to discover cures for diseases. In Smart Medicine, William Hanson brings to life the fascinating true world of doctors and nurses and reveals the revolutionary changes that will soon be sweeping through the medical community: pharmacies that double as walk-in clinics; health services that will be delivered online; electronic records that hold the history of every drug or blood test you ever took. You might go to ...
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Overview


We’re a nation in love with the drama of the medical world—from fast-paced hospital life to the race to discover cures for diseases. In Smart Medicine, William Hanson brings to life the fascinating true world of doctors and nurses and reveals the revolutionary changes that will soon be sweeping through the medical community: pharmacies that double as walk-in clinics; health services that will be delivered online; electronic records that hold the history of every drug or blood test you ever took. You might go to a genome specialist to identify the ticking time bomb in your genes, or you might show a rash to your doctor via videophone from thousands of miles away. The plethora of new options will change the way you and your doctor make decisions. Sophisticated yet written in easily accessible language, this is a penetrating look at the new world of medicine.
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“An appealing, positive, and thoughtful look at the changing world of medicine.”—Library Journal

“A thought-provoking look at technology’s role in modern health care.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Hanson has done a commendable job in describing the processes at work, and for reminding us that the changes in store for all of us have potential downsides, which must be considered alongside the good they will bring."—The Boston Globe

“With the insightful perspective of an insider, Hanson does a remarkable job of weaving into a comprehensive whole many current changes and advances in medicine…the author’s writing style is lucid, and his projections are logical and reasonable…Highly recommended.”—Choice

“A fascinating journey through medical history. By demonstrating what in the physician's soul is enduring and what is  changing, Dr Hanson helps readers understand their interaction with healthcare.”—Peter Pronovost, M.D., author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals “Bill Hanson’s new book Smart Medicine peers into the crystal balls to see where our profession is heading. I hope that it will illumine a path to a more enlightened and humane profession in which we both faithfully labor."--Walter Bortz, M.D. author of Next Medicine

“As William Hanson shows in this invaluable new book Smart Medicine, the information technology revolution is about to transform how doctors work with each other, understand their patients, and are held accountable.  In an engaging style, Hanson tells how this transformation will make medical care safer, better, and more efficient.”--Gregg Bloche MD, author of The Hippocratic Myth

Library Journal
Hanson (chief medical information officer, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Medicine; The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives) proves an engaging and knowledgeable guide to the past and future of medicine. Focusing on new medical technologies, he discusses their effects on both doctor and patient. Drawing from current medical developments as well as recent ideas in the fields of ecology, business theory, and artificial intelligence, Hanson describes a future where medicine is more patient centered and less fragmented. Primary-care physicians will be valued and better compensated and will coordinate teams of specialists who focus on the patients rather than their diseases. Through data mining of online medical records to identify best practices and foster accountability, quality medical care will be delivered seamlessly and efficiently through a variety of technologies. Watch for an avatar at your hospital bedside! VERDICT Although worrying trends in exploding drug costs and other health-care expenses, emerging diseases, and "superbugs" are at most lightly touched upon, both general and professional readers will find this an appealing, positive, and thoughtful look at the changing world of medicine.—Kathy Arsenault, St. Petersburg, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Hanson (The Edge of Medicine, 2009), Chief of Intensive Care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, dissects the past, present and future of health care.

Avatars that converse with patients, diagnose illness and schedule appointments might sound like science fiction, but, as the author writes, one such model has already been pioneered by Microsoft Research. While human interaction will not be rendered obsolete, Hanson makes an interesting case for technology's role in effective medicine via innovations such as automated smart alarms and virtual stroke diagnosis. From primitive practices and medical disputes in colonial America to the "Marcus Welby" era when one doctor—usually a male in a tie—guarded illegible patient paperwork, health care has evolved into today's diverse array of physicians and sleep-deprived interns, with an emphasis on teamwork and shared records. Some superfluity slows the narrative flow—e.g., a brief history of dog breeds makes the point that there are many medical specialties—and even the most technologically challenged reader can comprehend why cell-phone wielding doctors no longer struggle with the bulkyPhysicians' Desk Reference. However, illuminating and even alarming information abounds, as when Hanson cites a 2009New England Journalstudy in reporting that "only 1.5 percent of U.S. hospitals had a comprehensive records system present in all units." Readers shouldn't expect a health-care reform debate, but rather a glimpse of the future, complete with many upbeat possibilities.

A thought-provoking look at technology's role in modern health care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230621152
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: MacSci Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William Hanson, M.D., is the author of The Edge of Medicine. He is Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care and the Chief Medical Information Officer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His research has been featured in national and international publications, including Popular Science, U.S. News &World Report, and he has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air as well as television documentaries on the Discovery Channel.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Disclaimer viii

Introduction ix

Part1 Modern Medicine

Chapter 1 Bed Nine Did Die 3

Chapter 2 Bones 17

Chapter 3 See Ya, in 2015 27

Chapter 4 Code! 45

Chapter 5 Stretch, Floss, Dance and Mentor 57

Part II Histories of Medicine

Chapter 6 Dead Presidents 71

Chapter 7 Go Forth and Multiply 87

Chapter 8 Such Waste Is Tragic 107

Chapter 9 For One Good New Suit of Clothes 127

Part III New Methods of Care

Chapter 10 Binocular Vision 147

Chapter 11 Knee Jerk 161

Chapter 12 Doctors in Flight 175

Chapter 13 Medical Avatars 189

Chapter 14 Survival of the Fit 205

Chapter 15 Mother's Day 221

Chapter 16 Out of Network 237

Notes 253

Index 259

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