Guest Column | August 8, 2014

The Creative Intersection Of Medicine And IT

By Dr. Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Medical Director of the Main Operating Room, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Medical University.  

A board-certified anesthesiologist, researcher, medical educator, and entrepreneur. With more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, Dr. Voltz has been involved with many facets of medicine. He has performed basic science and clinical research and has experience in the translation of ideas into viable medical systems and devices.

Thanh Tran, CEO of Zoeticx, Inc. also contributed.

Medicine is not often thought of as a creative industry. We focus instead on science and evidence.  Behind the science is a group of driven individuals who are focused on problem solving.

The patient’s chart is a collection of information and a record of the thoughts and decisions of those who interact with individual patients. Gone is the day of a literary description of a patient’s ailments, the physician’s thoughts, and evidence to support the diagnosis and treatment plan.  The medical record was a place to follow the often winding path of patient care. 

Medical documentation records the history of a patient’s illness and the interventions one goes through on the path to healing.  It is something us physicians take seriously, not only to meet legal and professional obligations, but also to record our thoughts. The record captures the creative or artful side of medicine. 

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