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ABIM MOC Activity ID

1/12/2021 - Medical Grand Rounds: Healthcare's Digital Revolution: (Finally) A Time for Optimism





Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

Faculty, residents, fellows, and community physicians in General Internal Medicine and subspecialties.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the reasons why healthcare has gone digital only over the past several years.
  • Name the two key steps by which the “productivity paradox” – the surprising lack of improvements in the first years after an industry goes digital – is resolved.
  • Describe at least one use of technology that illustrates “reimagining the work”

Suggested Additional Reading & Joint Accreditation Statement: Note: This Accreditation Statement Supersedes All Other Statements:

Suggested additional reading:

  1. Wachter RM. “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.
  2. Wachter RM, Howell MD. Resolving the Productivity Paradox of Health Information Technology: A Time for Optimism. JAMA 2018; 320:25-26.
  3. Emanuel EJ, Wachter RM. Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Will the Value Match the Hype? JAMA. 2019 Jun 18;321(23):2281-2282.

Joint Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This educational activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Robert M. Wachter, MD — Chair, Department of Medicine Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Watcher has disclosed the following relationships: Scientific Board for PatientSafe Solutions; EarlySense; and He is an investor in Smart Patients. He is a consultant for Commure; Forward; Notable; SCOR; and Cv Key. Dr. Watcher is a Global Advisory Member for Teladoc. He is a Board of Director Member for The Doctors Company. He is an Early Developer for CareWeb, and a book author for Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; McGraw-Hill; John Wiley & Sons.
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.