News Stories

Ralph Nader
July 18, 2018

Warner Slack was a humble, multi-faceted great American physician at Harvard Medical School’s affiliated hospitals. Yet after he passed away last month at age 85, Dr. Slack did not receive the news coverage accorded numerous late entertainers, athletes, writers and scoundrels. In fact, his life was ignored by the New York Times and the...

E-Patient Dave
June 27, 2018

A great, great man has passed away – a man I quote in half my speeches. I was privileged to know him enough to feel grateful about it, and especially grateful to have been able to visit him a few times in his final weeks. It’s Warner Slack, the one who famously said in the 1970s that patients are the most underutilized resource in healthcare...

Mark Zeidel
June 26, 2018

As some of you may have heard, our dear friend and colleague Warner Vincent Slack, MD, has died at the age of 85. He was a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, co-founder of our Division of Clinical Informatics, and a pioneer in the field of medical informatics. For over 50 years Warner paved the way, using computers to improve...

Carey Goldberg
June 26, 2018

Harvard Medical School professor Warner Slack, an electronic medical records pioneer who envisioned using computers to empower patients, has died at age 85.

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Slack had a revolutionary idea: "I hoped that the computer would help the doctor in the care of the patient," he said at an event this February. "And in...

Adam Tanner
January 7, 2017

A half a century ago, Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Warner Slack grew disturbed by the disorder in which physicians gathered and stored notes about patients.

If people could access their health histories, he reasoned, they would be more involved and better informed in making decisions for themselves. In the flowery language of the...

James Lynn
December 8, 2010

Although federal health-care reform remains a battleground, one Princeton alumnus has been pioneering the use of electronic medical records for decades. Dr. Warner Slack ’55, a Harvard Medical School professor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, leads a pilot program that allows patients to ­compile their medical histories at their own...