Letter from the Editor

This month's issue features coverage from Hospital Medicine 2016, held in March in San Diego.


Computers haven't replaced doctors yet, but they are ready to help them. That's the message from the experts featured in our package of cover stories on health information technology. They acknowledge physicians' frustrations with existing technological systems but point out their current benefits and future potential. These 3 stories also provide actionable advice on how to use an electronic medical record more efficiently, how to employ social media to further your career and care, and how to find the apps that will help with diagnosis and treatment.

We gathered all this expertise at Hospital Medicine 2016, held in San Diego in March, and this issue includes 2 additional stories from the conference. Joseph Li, MD, FACP, explains why and how to “de-prescribe,” noting that hospitalization may be a good opportunity to root through chronically ill patients' bags of pills or medication lists and figure out which drugs they actually need. Elderly patients, in particular, may be able to discontinue medications and see benefits in reduced side effects, costs, and drug interactions.

Shifting focus to the young, a career story provides expert perspectives on hunting for a hospitalist job, especially your first one. From finding a mentor to negotiating a contract, there's a lot for new hospitalists to tackle.

Hospitalists from the University of Texas at Austin have tackled the latest edition of the Brief Case, which focuses largely on the heart. If you're interested in submitting to Brief Case or other reader-written sections, please visit us online for details.

Sincerely,
Stacey Butterfield
Editor-in-Chief, ACP Hospitalist