Wednesday, June 27, 2012
News for Young Physicians
Embracing technology and the physician-patient connection
How do electronic medical records affect the human connection between physician and patient? A column in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association attempts to answer that question.
The column accompanies a drawing by a 7-year-old depicting herself and her family in an exam room. A young doctor with his back to the patient is seen typing into a computer. Author Elizabeth Toll, MD, writes that the physician created the following caption for the drawing: "The economic stimulus bill has directed $20 billion to health care information technology, largely funding electronic medical records incentives. I wonder how much this technology will really cost?"
AMA creates new section for group practice physicians
The AMA House of Delegates has established a new section for the AMA, the Integrated Physician Practice Section (IPPS). Formerly known as the Advisory Committee on Group Practice Physicians, the section will represent doctors in physician-led, integrated health care organizations that coordinate patient care across specialties and among physicians who share common records and clinical care processes.
The AMA-IPPS will hold its first meeting this November in Honolulu as part of the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The advisory committee has advised the AMA Board of Trustees for the past 20 years on issues related to group practice physicians. Establishing the AMA-IPPS ensures this segment of AMA members will be represented in the House of Delegates by a delegate and an alternate delegate.
The House adopted policy establishing the AMA-IPPS during this year's Annual Meeting. Read more about the meeting.