Date: Thursday, March 10th 2011, from 1:00 - 2:30pm ET
Presenters: 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 Pennsylvania
Overview: 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.
Biography: 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 Pennsylvania. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Greenwall Foundation, the largest foundation dedicated to supporting research in bioethics. Doctor Karlawish’s research focuses on ethical and policy issues in human subjects research and the care of older adults, particularly those with late-life cognitive disorders such as Alzheimers Disease and Parkinsons Disease. His current work, with the support of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, is examining the clinical and policy implications of how risk is changing concepts of disease, medicine and aging.