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From the September ACP Observer, copyright © 2005 by the American College of Physicians.

New online editorial targets information technology

John Tooker, FACP, the College's Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, recently released the second of two Web-based video editorials on quality improvement.

In "Health Information Technology: Improving Quality and Value of Patient Care," Dr. Tooker discusses the advantages of health information technology and the challenges to widespread adoption.

According to Dr. Tooker, only 17% of U.S. physicians regularly use electronic health records. He notes that time, cost and practice disruption are barriers for most physicians. To encourage information technology investment, Dr. Tooker calls for the establishment of incentives, possibly through a government-backed loan program. He also states that payment policies must encourage the use of information technology so those investments can be paid off.

"The quality, safety and financial benefits that will result from the broader adoption of health information technology make this investment imperative for the future health of Americans," says Dr. Tooker.

The Medscape Webcast and editorial are available online. (Medscape registration is required.)

ACP Foundation offers free patient HEALTH TiPS cards

Physicians now have access to free patient education cards with important information on managing chronic disease. Developed by the ACP Foundation, "HEALTH TiPS" cards covering pain and hypertension are now available.

The cards come in convenient 4x6-inch tear-away pads. Easy to read and understand, the "HEALTH TiPS" material was created by health literacy experts specifically for patients with low health literacy levels. The cards contain basic and essential patient instructions for condition management, with discussion topics clearly presented with supporting graphics.

The cards are available in both English and Spanish. ACP members can order "HEALTH TiPS" free of charge from the ACP Foundation Web site.

College releases video of "Internal Medicine Report" highlights

Highlights from ACP's "Internal Medicine Report" monthly video news release program are now available in a Web-based video showcasing the College's success with the series.

The monthly medical and health-related broadcast reports for television news stations feature new research from Annals of Internal Medicine, clinical guidelines and public policy issues related to internal medicine. Since its launch in 2001, the "Internal Medicine Report" has been shown in every American TV market and has reached over 500 million viewers.

The highlights video is online. (You need Microsoft Windows Media Player to view it.) This month's Internal Medicine Report is also online on the DoctorsforAdults.com Web site.

ACP presents free Webinar on handheld computers

A lecture given at Annual Session 2005 on the practical applications of handheld computers is now available free as a Web-based lecture to ACP members.

The 90-minute Webinar by Peter J. Embi, ACP Member, provides an overview of PDAs and their use in medical practice. Dr. Embi reviews popular clinical software—including drug references, coding and billing—and patient documentation, and provides actual examples of various programs. He also discusses the limitations of handheld computers and covers useful tips and trouble-shooting techniques.

Dr. Embi, who is assistant professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, is a rheumatologist with additional training in medical informatics. He divides his practice between medical informatics and rheumatology.

The Web-based presentation is available on the ACP Online PDA Portal.

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