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Dr. Weed changed medicine


In this Medscape piece, Art Papier, M.D., looks at the career and views of the late Lawrence Weed, M.D., the father of  the Problem-Oriented Medical Record (POMR) and SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan) note format.

Dr. Papier notes that  “very few physicians today understand why the SOAP format and Problem List were invented and how they are an architecture to guide thinking and care.”

Dr. Weed “realized that a record organized around patient problems could guide diagnostic and critical thinking. He traveled across the United States evangelizing for a universal structure to medical records, and in doing so, he changed medicine.”

To read Dr. Papier’s tribute, please hit this link.

Larger hospitals more vulnerable to medical-record hackers

Patients might be surprised but a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that large teaching hospitals face a greater risk of having their patients’ medical records compromised by hackers than do such smaller providers as community hospitals.

The researchers reviewed nearly 1,800 data breaches reported in the past seven years and found vulnerabilities increase with the size of a hospital

To read the JAMA study, please this link.

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