Editorial

The way physicians order medications for patients has not changed for more than a century. New technologies, including electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), make the handwritten prescription seem like an archaic link to the past.

In March 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) undertook a study, requested by Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to determine national priorities for comparative effectiveness research. The Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Prioritization will have issued its final report by June 30, 2009.

On October 29, 2009, a leadership summit on healthcare reform was in progress in Washing ton, DC. No, not Congress; the participants were not Democrats and Republicans locked in a death grip to impose, or block, government-mandated healthcare reform. This was a conference of leading healthcare authorities representing clinical, business, and policy sectors in healthcare, organizing the elements of a strategy to reform healthcare into a new paradigm that improves health, reduces costs, and encourages innovation—that endangered species of the healthcare ecosystem.

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