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Benita Albert continues her series on the Buchanan family of Oak Ridge School alumni.

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Joel Buchanan is a 1973 graduate of Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) with an outstanding career in medicine. He is now embarking on a technology plan that will provide automated, problem-oriented summaries of medical records for clinicians. The plan encourages the use of concept maps generated from electronic health records (EHRs) with filters to filter patient data related to the current medical condition. His innovation is a game changer for the many huge databases that exist for individual patients and clinicians whose job is to diagnose and treat.

Joel is now Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. From 1993-2019, he served as Medical Director of Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. There is no doubt that this position and his experience in medical practice shaped what is now his ongoing quest to provide enhanced technical support to the medical community. Although the technology of his early medical career was limited, Joel kept pace with the rapidly expanding world of technology. In this first part of his story, there is evidence that some influences that Joel experienced as a young man in Oak Ridge foreshadowed his eventual career.

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