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August 12, 1998

Barriers to Computerized Prescribing

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(6):516-517. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-6-jac057001

To the Editor.—The obstacles to sophisticated use of information technology (IT) in medication prescribing described by Drs Schiff and Rucker1 are applicable to all areas of health care IT.

I recently attended the Hospital Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, the largest vendor trade show for health care IT. The attendance of around 20,000 people broke all previous records. Unfortunately, the number of clinicians in attendance was quite low. Health care IT is led almost exclusively by commercial vendors and health care corporate management information services (MIS) departments. There is a poverty of clinician leadership.