Science and technology in medicine: Health Care Trends
For over five decades, the U.S. has led the world in all aspects of research and development (R and D); however, escalating health care costs, an aging population, and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases are factors that will continue to shape the directions of science and technology in medicine. Science and technology in medicine: Health care trends addresses the most important scientific and technological trends affecting patients, physicians and policymakers today and those that are expected to have a significant impact in the future. This report by the AMA’s Council on Long Range Planning and Development analyzes data on medical research funding, new medical advances, health information technology, communication technologies, telemedicine, and data analytics to formulate predicted impacts of these trends for patients, physicians, and policymakers. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Susan Close at
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Science and technology in medicine: Health Care Trends  
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Expiration Date: December 6, 2016


At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:

  1. Identify effects that mandated U.S. budget cuts are having on medical research funding.       
  2. Describe effects that the Human Genome Project is having on new medical advances.
  3. Summarize factors that have contributed to increased physician adoption of electronic health records and exchange of health information. 
  4. Explain predicted impacts of science and technology in medicine trends for patients, physicians and policymakers.   

Target Audience
This activity is designed for physicians and medical students.   

Statement of Need
There is a need to educate physicians on the critical factors that will likely influence medicine and the delivery of health care in the 21st century and the potential impact of these trends that will affect physicians' professional practice in a myriad ways. 

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must; 1) view the activity material in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation

CME Planning Committee

Barry Dickinson, PhD - AMA CME Program Committee
Susan Close, RN - Director, Long Range Health Care Trends, Secretary, CLRPD
Victoria Elliott - Senior Research Associate, CLRPD
Marilyn Laughead, MD - Chair, CLRPD
Clifford Moy, MD - Vice Chair, CLRPD

Susan Close, RN, author
Victoria Elliott, MA, author
Marilyn Laughead, MD, content reviewer
Clifford Moy, MD, content reviewer 
James Goodyear, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Mary Herald, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Alfred Herzog, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Glenn Loomis, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Gamini Soori, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
H. Hugh Vincent, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Alik Widge, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Douglas Phelan, Medical Student, CLRPD Member, content reviewer

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

Hardware/software Requirements
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher.
Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc. 
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
PDF Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher.

Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Susan Close at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
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