At 89 years of age, you'd think a man might mellow.
Not Dr. Lawrence Weed.
In introducing Weed as the keynote speaker at the physicians' symposium Sunday, the day before the official start of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual convention in New Orleans, veteran informaticist Dr. William Bria quoted Isaac Newton.
“If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants,” Bria said. With Weed, Bria said, “We have all stood on his shoulders.”
Weed—the father of the problem-oriented medical record and the SOAP note (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) that for decades have directed the orderly way in which physicians think as well as create medical records—also in 1984 developed one of the earliest computerized diagnostic support tools, the problem-knowledge coupler. But in addition to being one of the healthcare profession's chief architects, he also is one of its thorniest and most persistent critics.