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Peter Murray named acting director of IMIA

The International Medical Informatics Association has named Peter J. Murray as acting executive director. The appointment follows the April 12 death of Executive Director Steven Heusing. (I posted an obituary for Heusing earlier this month.)

Murray, who had been serving as IMIA associate executive director for the last few months, also was the organization’s vice president for strategic planning. He is an independent health informatics and telematics consultant in Nocton, England. He holds a Ph.D. in nursing informatics and educational technology and teaches health informatics at both the University of Winchester (UK) and Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, South Africa.

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A must-read from Dr. Weed

Kudos to The Health Care Blog for publishing a long, two-part treatise this week from the legendary Dr. Larry Weed and his attorney son, Lincoln Weed, who talk about how “evidence-based medicine” really just represents educated guessing.

Dr. Weed has been arguing for close to half a century in favor of computers in medicine to aid in decision-making because the unaided human mind simply cannot recall all possible permutations of symptoms at the point and time of care. It’s been an uphill battle his whole career because he directly challenges so many elements of the medical establishment, but this is someone whom Don Berwick considers a hero.

It’s a long piece, broken into five installments, and it’s highly academic, even including endnotes, but worth your while.

Part 1: Medicine’s Missing Foundation for Health Care Reform

Part 2: Medicine and the Development of Science.

Part 3: Economy of Knowledge in Decision Making

Part 4: Harvesting Medical Knowledge from Patient Care

Part 5: Patient Autonomy

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.