Healthcare Experts versus Health Journalists

Appreciating the Distinction

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA


As the healthcare reform, and eMR controversy unfolds, I am struck by the more-than-linguistic distinction between the terms “healthcare expert” and “health journalist.”


Historical Perspectives

Historically, as a peer-reviewed writer, editor, medical expert witness and now electronic publisher for almost four decades, I always sought the journalist’s title. I think the longing began in my formative years when I read that after the French Revolution, Sir Edmund Burke, looked up at the Press Gallery of the House of Commons, and said, ‘”Yonder sits the Fourth Estate, and they are more important than them all.”


Expert versus Reporter

However, I no longer covet this title. Why? I’ve finally realized that it is far better to be a real subject-matter expert, than a journalist [read reporter]. The former creates news through knowledge, informed deeds and thought-leadership; while the later simply writes about various topics without same.



And so, in light of the eHR controversy, perhaps a word to the “wise” AMA, ADA, APMA, AOA and CCHIT leadership is sufficient; with apologies to Sir Edmund? Regardless of specialty, our guiding medical principles should always be; Omnia pro Aegroto [all for the patient].



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