EDWARD J. HUTH, M.D.
Professions are defined in part by their expert knowledge and skills in applying it. Expert knowledge in medicine is its information and the conceptual machinery with which we use it. For a clinical problem we first frame the questions to be answered and then look for relevant information in our heads and other sources. Applying relevant concepts to that information, we try to find the best answers. We hope that these answers applied with our skills will yield the best outcome for the patient.
We cannot carry all of the huge and still growing body of relevant information in our
HUTH EJ. Needed: An Economics Approach to Systems for Medical Information. Ann Intern Med. ;103:617–619. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-617
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