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dc.contributor.advisorAlan Lightman.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFeblowitz, Joshuaen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-26T14:32:50Z
dc.date.available2011-01-26T14:32:50Z
dc.date.copyright2010en_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/60839
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2010.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 43-46).en_US
dc.description.abstractClinical decision support is an emerging type of healthcare information technology that aims to actively guide doctors' decision-making processes. In its various forms, it can help physicians design treatment regimens, regulate dosage, avoid potentially harmful drug interactions and allergies, order preventative screenings, and even establish a diagnosis. This project is a journalistic investigation of this new technology, its applications, and its effect on the medical profession. It examines two decision support systems, Partners Healthcare's clinical reminder system, and Logical Images' product VisualDx, in order to explore the potential for these technologies and how their use may change the practice of medicine. Through extensive interviews of experts in medicine, healthcare IT, and healthcare policy, it considers the major problems in implementing decision support, with emphasis on how the technology may affect doctors' autonomy, and how physicians' financial and professional incentives may influence how it is used.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Joshua Feblowitz.en_US
dc.format.extent46 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectGraduate Program in Science Writing.en_US
dc.titleComputer, MDen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.in Science Writingen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc697839376en_US


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