Bringing science to medicine: an interview with Larry Weed, inventor of the problem-oriented medical record

J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):964-8. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002776. Epub 2014 May 28.


Larry Weed, MD is widely known as the father of the problem-oriented medical record and inventor of the now-ubiquitous SOAP (subjective/objective/assessment/plan) note, for developing an electronic health record system (Problem-Oriented Medical Information System, PROMIS), and for founding a company (since acquired), which developed problem-knowledge couplers. However, Dr Weed's vision for medicine goes far beyond software--over the course of his storied career, he has relentlessly sought to bring the scientific method to medical practice and, where necessary, to point out shortcomings in the system and advocate for change. In this oral history, Dr Weed describes, in his own words, the arcs of his long career and the work that remains to be done.

Keywords: Oral History; Problem List; Problem-Oriented Medical Record.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Interview

MeSH terms

  • Expert Systems
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Information Systems / history
  • Inventors
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / history*
  • Medical Records, Problem-Oriented*
  • United States

Personal name as subject

  • Lawrence Weed