Delivering Health Care Information Over the Internet
Pathologists Debate How to Provide Quality Health Care Information to The
Public Ethically and Effectively
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet is changing the practice of medicine in unanticipated ways. Last year, more than 24 million adults used the Internet for health care, to learn about wellness and disease information, to purchase prescriptions, to find a physician. Every day, more consumers turn to the Web, while more and more medical sites are launched. To address the ethical questions that arise with this proliferation of information, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation is presenting a seminar, "Health Care Delivery Over the Internet," at the 2000 American Society of Clinical Pathologists/College of American Pathologists Joint Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, October 17, at the San Diego Convention Center. The program features five experts who will discuss the ethical issues surrounding the delivery of health care information over the Internet. "This program will help provide information about how pathologists can effectively respond to Internet-educated patients and their questions about health care issues," said Jared N. Schwartz, MD, PhD, president of the CAP Foundation Board of Directors. "In the new information-based world of health care delivery, pathologists, as medical information specialists, must develop opportunities to help patients and clinicians manage the wealth of information available." Panelist George D. Lundberg, MD, is editor in chief of Medscape, the world's leading Internet site for health and medical information. He is the founding editor in chief of both Medscape General Medicine and CBS HealthWatch.com. From 1982 to 1999, Dr. Lundberg was editor in chief, Scientific Information and Multimedia, at the American Medical Association, where he had editorial responsibility for 39 medical journals, American Medical News, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and various Internet products. Panelist Alan Greene, MD, is a pediatrician who serves as chief medical officer of adam.com, a health information library site, and is the co-founder of DrGreene.com. On his DrGreene.com Web site, he answers pediatric questions submitted by readers from all over the world. The site receives more than two million hits per month from parents, students, and medical professionals. Dr. Greene is on the clinical faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is a founding member of Hi-Ethics (Health Internet Ethics), a coalition of the most widely used health Internet sites, established to further the highest ethical standards. Henry Travers, MD, a practicing pathologist from Sioux Falls, S.D., uses telemedicine in his practice and will address the ethical challenges pathologists must face as they have increased opportunity for direct communication with their patients. Jack R. Bierig, JD, who regularly counsels practicing physicians on a variety of subjects, will address the implications of licensure issues as expertise is shared across state and national borders. Moderating the discussion will be Myra J. Christopher of the Midwest Bioethics Center in Kansas City, Mo., a community-based ethics center founded in 1984 to integrate ethical considerations into health care decision-making. Ms. Christopher has been executive director of the center since 1985. She has consulted on health care policy to health care delivery corporations, regulators, accrediting organizations, and national and state legislators. The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care. The mission of the College of American Pathologists Foundation is to provide leadership and resources to assure continuing excellence in the science, art, and practice of pathology by identifying critical issues that impact pathology and the public, supporting conferences and research to address those issues, and disseminating this information to pathologists and the public. The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), founded in 1922, is the largest medical laboratory organization, with more than 75,000 members. It represents the entire medical laboratory team-pathologists, medical technologists, and all other medical laboratory professionals. As the primary provider of continuing education for pathologists and other medical laboratory personnel, the ASCP enhances the quality of the profession through comprehensive educational programs and materials.
SOURCE College of American Pathologists Foundation
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