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Eric Silfen, M.D.
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Dr. Eric Silfen is the Chief Medical Officer for Philips Healthcare. In this role, he leads the Office of Medical and Health Affairs and works to inform and communicate Philips Healthcare thought leadership around the world. Operationally, he is responsible for embedding a “medical consciousness” in Philips Healthcare by developing the clinical and econometric evidence that can differentiate the company’s products, services and solutions in the global marketplace.

Dr. Silfen is an international expert on the implementation of information technologies in the medical setting; hospital and health plan clinical affairs; disease and care management programs; and clinical quality and performance improvement. He joined Philips Healthcare from Philips Research North America, where he led the design, development and evaluation of clinical decision support systems for biomedicine.

Dr. Silfen earned a master of arts degree in biomedical informatics from Columbia University and a master of science degree in healthcare administration from the Medical College of Virginia. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from The Georgetown University School of Medicine and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is a member of many professional societies, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society for Critical Care Medicine, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the American Medical Informatics Association, the Radiology Society of North America and The New York Academy of Sciences.

Entries by Eric Silfen, M.D.

Making It Personal: Why Everyone Should Care About Big Data

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:32 AM

For most of us, the term "Big Data" sounds pretty remote from our own experience -- and not particularly relevant. An explosion of data, from millions of sources, flowing constantly around the globe seems scary or unfathomable. The term produces uneasy feelings of "Big Brother" or seemingly-random Twitter-fed statistics on...

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All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:08 AM

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successful by addressing the everyday concerns of the voters who elected them to office. In the same way, I believe that many of the "global" health...

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All Health Care Is Local, Part 2: Guatemala

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 9:26 AM

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successful by addressing the everyday concerns of the voters who elected them to office. In the same way, I believe that many of the "global" health...

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All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:15 PM

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successful by addressing the everyday concerns of the voters who elected them to office. In the same way, I believe that many of the "global" healthcare...

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Discovery

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Columbus Day weekend is upon us. It has become a popular three-day fall getaway and, like Columbus himself, Americans venture out to discover new places.

Of course, Columbus meant to arrive in Asia, not what is known as the Americas, and he thought his destination was a lot closer...

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The Physician-Patient Relationship

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Once upon a time (when I started my career in medicine a mere 30 years ago), physicians thought they knew everything about medicine, and patients did what they were told. Omniscience followed by acquiescence summed up the dynamic. Of course, medical information wasn't nearly as accessible, and the options for...

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Envisioning Tomorrow's Hospital

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Imagine running a hospital from a tablet computer. It's not only a possibility but also a near reality, because the latest mobile technology and data integration are about to make hospitals more connected and efficient than ever before. Tomorrow's hospital will use the new technology to drive seven health care...

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