CPRs Have Become Very Successful

We can truly assess which CPR approaches (as well as which clinical interventions) have the greatest positive impact. I trust that many of the ideas embodied in the articles that follow will find their way into the most successful CPRs. But time and impact analyses will tell. Readers of this journal have considerable power over the direction taken by CPRs. The contributors to this issue have taken their best shots at influencing you to work toward the realization of what should be everyone’s dream. We must design CPRs that enable the caregiver, the patient, and the computer to work as a team in providing optimal care to the patient by bringing all that is known by medical science to the point of care.and by advancing medical science with each such clinical episode. If we are able to accomplish that, it will be a far greater contribution to healthcare than anything that has ever happened before in the entire history of Medicine.

The time has come to make the dream a reality. Joe Weber is CEO of Narratek, Inc., provider of dictation, audio transcription, and speech recognition products for clinical documentation. He also serves as Consultant to DVI, manufacturer of the industry’s leading Windows NT digital dictation and voice information systems. Previously, Joe was Sr. V.P. for Larry Weed’s PKC Corporation (clinical decision support software); V.P. for Sudbury Systems (medical dictation and reporting systems); Associate Director for Ambulatory Care at Cook County Hospital; medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health; and a healthcare systems consultant. He has a B.A. in Biology from Brandeis, an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia, and an M.S. in Management from M.I.T.