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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
About 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.
The elements of transformed health care--evidence-based medicine, pay for performance, the patient-centered medical home--are now the currency of spirited debate in the U.S., but Hanson provides a valuable doctor's perspective on the incipient revolution. This is not a detailed discussion of the changes, with thorough case studies or analyses, but still provides an intriguing and exquisitely written exposition of the movement for the general public. I wish Hanson had talked more about the barriers to change, which he presented as inevitable. His long discourses on diverse topics--which turn out to be metaphors for the topics in the book--are also a bit distracting, although ultimately thought-provoking. Even people who already follow the health IT field will benefit from Hanson's historical perspective--his appreciation for what has been tried before--but the book does not really lay out the long path ahead of us.
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