Health Care Interfaces: Condition Critical
Dr. Paul C. Tang , Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
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Abstract: Even more fragmented than American health care is the management of health care information. Faced with a barrage of poorly organized health information, physicians and other clinicians must sift through uninspired displays to glean pearls of information necessary to make clinical decisions. Ineffective displays can lead to delays in care or inappropriate decisions. The human-computer interface can either shroud or reveal the important elements of patient information and integrate it with domain knowledge bearing on the decisions at hand. Beyond the walls of health care institutions, patients and consumers will be the recipients and users of primary health information. New tools for information gathering from patients and for information rendering to patients must be developed in order to activate patients to become fully informed and fully empowered members of their health care team.
Bio: Paul C. Tang , M.D., M.S., is an Internist and Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is also Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University. At PAMF, Dr. Tang is responsible for the electronic health record (EHR) system and an integrated personal health record (PHR) system. PAMF has been using an EHR system since 1999 and deployed its PHR system in 2002. Close to 100,000 patients, about half of PAMF's primary care patients, are actively using the online PHR system (PAMFOnline). Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tang is Chairman of the Board for the American Medical Informatics Association, and is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Dr. Tang is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on its Health Care Services Board. Dr. Tang chairs the National Quality Forumâ€™s Health Information Technology Expert Panel and is a member of the NQF Consensus Standards Approval Committee. Dr. Tang is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
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