Desktop Medicine and the Patient Centered Medical Home

Date: Thursday, March 10th 2011, from 1:00 - 2:30pm ETPresenters: Jason Karlawish is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Bioethics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of PennsylvaniaOverview: A robust health information technology infrastructure is a central tenet of the patient-centered medical home model. Dr. Karlawish will present the concept of desktop medicine, a term that describes a new model of medicine which brings even greater focus on personalized, patient-centered care by fully integrating and extending information technology. Whereas the bedside model of medicine -- the model that dominated much of the 19th and 20th centuries -- emphasized a concept of disease based upon pathology in an individual, desktop medicine emphasizes the concept of disease as risk. Dr. Karlawish will focus on how desktop medicine impacts both medical research and practice. Just as bedside medicine necessitated the development of state-of-the-science, hospital based laboratories and physicians competent to use them, desktop medicine requires the broad dissemination of health information technology and the development of new skill sets and competencies for the health care team.

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