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"The Digital Doctor": A Conversation on How to Get It Right

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2:00 p.m. EDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT

Join renowned physician-author Robert Wachter as he discusses the unforeseen consequences of the rapid implementation of technology--including how technology has transformed the work, the people who do it, and their relationships with each other and with patients.    

Drawing from personal experiences and case examples from nearly 100 interviews, Dr. Wachter will discuss some of the major themes in his book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age (April 2015).

He will also engage in conversation with Dr. Mike Zalis, Chief Medical Officer of QPID Health, about how “it’s not too late to get it right.” They’ll discuss what’s next in the digitization of medicine, including a new generation of technology that will make the most of the vast troves of clinical data for quality improvement, research, and care decisions.

A live Q&A will follow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify steps you can take to avoid unanticipated negative consequences of technology
  • Understand advances in technology that deliver a “return on information” from EHRs
  • Gain insight from a leader in healthcare quality and safety, and the hospitalist specialty

About the Speakers:

Robert M. Wachter, MD
Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, 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 (1999-2000) and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine (2012-13). In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For the past seven years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S., the only academic physician to receive this recognition.

In 2014, the same publication also recognized him as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare. His new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, will be published in April, 2015.

Mike Zalis, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder
QPID Health, Inc.

As Chief Medical Officer of QPID Health, Dr. Mike Zalis leads the company’s product strategy based on his vision and clinical knowledge. He is also a practicing interventional radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), as well as part-time faculty at Harvard Medical School.

QPID was conceived and designed by Dr. Zalis at MGH to eliminate the time and effort required to glean useful clinical information from electronic medical records.  QPID’s clinical reasoning software automatically scours patient records and delivers clinically relevant packages of information to the point of care and for quality and registry submissions.

Dr. Zalis led the QPID Informatics group at MGH during a time of widespread adoption of QPID across Partners HealthCare hospitals including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s hospitals. He co-founded QPID Health in late 2012 to bring the power of QPID to hospitals and health systems nationwide.

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