The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age

by Robert Wachter


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260019605
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 467,398
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Wachter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Author of 250 articles, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a recipient of the Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For every year beginning 2008, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S.; he was #1 on the list in 2015. He has been profiled in the New York Times and contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal. The Digital Doctor is his sixth book.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: On Call

Chapter 2: Shovel Ready

PART ONE: The Note

Chapter 3: The iPatient

Chapter 4: The Note

Chapter 5: Strangers at the Bedside

Chapter 6: Radiology Rounds

Chapter 7: Go Live

Chapter 8: Unanticipated Consequences

PART TWO: Decisions and Data

Chapter 9: Can Computers Replace the Physician's Brain?

Chapter 10: David and Goliath

Chapter 11: Big Data

PART THREE: The Overdose

Chapter 12: The Error

Chapter 13: The System

Chapter 14: The Doctor

Chapter 15: The Pharmacist

Chapter 16: The Alerts

Chapter 17: The Robot

Chapter 18: The Nurse

Chapter 19: The Patient

PART FOUR: The Connected Patient

Chapter 20: OpenNotes

Chapter 21: Personal Health Records and Patient Portals

Chapter 22: A Community of Patients

PART FIVE: The Players and the Policies

Chapter 23: Meaningful Use

Chapter 24: Epic and Athena

Chapter 25: Silicon Valley Meets Healthcare

Chapter 26: The Productivity Paradox

PART SIX: Toward a Brighter Future

Chapter 27: A Vision for Health Information Technology

Chapter 28: The Nontechnological Side of Makin Heath IT Work

Chapter 29: Art and Science



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