This week feels like the coming out for my new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. The NY Times ran my op-ed on health IT today (they chose the slightly sensationalist title, FYI). I’ve also started something of a book tour, with several talks and media interviews scheduled this week, including a sit down with Sanjay Gupta. (Note to my wonderful children: sorry, no Jon Stewart; at least, not yet).
Since the Times piece does not allow for comments, let me invite any comments here. The op-ed is really a Cliff’s Notes version of the book, whose formal publication date is April 7th but which began shipping from Amazon last week. If anyone would like to comment on the book, I’d love to hear that, too. (Of course, reviews of the book on Amazon are much appreciated, particularly if you liked it!)
The topic – the unanticipated consequences of health IT – appears to resonate with audiences, both lay and professional. The Times story been retweeted nearly 500 times (Atul Gawande’s generous tweet has itself been retweeted almost 200 times). At this moment, the story is the second most emailed piece on the Times website.
By the way, if you’re interested, here is a short video I did on the book’s major themes.
OK, comment away if you’re game. I will read them all and respond when I can.
Thanks for your interest.