Michael L. Millenson, a Pulitzer-prize-nominated journalist, wrote Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1997.
The book examines the move to incorporate computerized clinical information into everyday practice and the use of performance measures to hold providers accountable for their care.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research.
Key Findings: In his book, Millenson highlights the trend toward building databases that show how a particular treatment affects a patient's outcome in the real world.
He concludes that if this revolution in health care is to fulfill its potential, a series of events must occur: