Kevin Pho social media keynote physician speaker Part of the KevinMD toolkit series. A lot of people ask me, “What tools do you use for blogging, speaking, when you’re on the road, seeing patients etc. ...” So I decided to start a series that describe what tools I use, and why. First in this series are tools I use for my social media keynote presentations. ...

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The Boston Globe recently had a front page story on how a neurosurgeon sued a patient’s husband for a blog critical of the physician. According to the story, the patient underwent a complicated back operation as a result of her bone cancer. She tragically had a stroke post-operatively, and that’s where the situation between the family and doctor deteriorated. On the advice of his psychiatrist, the patient’s husband wrote a ...

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shutterstock_96933794 The problem of medical resident work-hours has vexed medical educators for decades.  The traditional model of sleep-deprived residents led to highly publicized medical mistakes, most famously the Libby Zion case in 1984. Nobody wants tired doctors caring for them. In response, various restrictions have been placed on how many hours medical residents are allowed to work.  Since 2011, for instance, medical residents were ...

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WELLPOINT ZAGAT HEALTH SURVEY TOOL In the new book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation, physician ratings are highlighted.  This is a topic that gives many physicians some pause, and for some, causes tremendous anxiety. Whether doctors know it or not, they already have online profiles. Third-party rating sites, like Vitals or Healthgrades, already have web pages of most physicians, and they ...

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shutterstock_57326350 To cut costs in our health system, reformers target the massive of waste.  One way to reduce waste is to change the way doctors are paid.  The fee for service payment system, they say,  encourages doctors to prescribe more expensive care, which lines their pockets and drive up the cost of care. To combat this trend, reformers often have providers in their crosshairs, ...

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shutterstock_59264200 A version of this column was published on February 3, 2013 in USA Today. I’m seeing more patients than ever consume so-called “energy drinks,” a rapidly emerging class of beverage which promise to increase energy, improve alertness, and boost attention span. The energy drink business is booming, with more than $12 billion sold last year, eclipsing established beverage categories like iced tea ...

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shutterstock_99553553 A version of this column was published on January 13, 2013 in USA Today. Like many other primary care doctors across the country, I’m seeing my fair share of patients with runny noses during this winter season. I recently saw a patient for a sinus infection whom asked, “Why did I have to come in to see you? Couldn’t you have given me an ...

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shutterstock_95499022 The following column was published on January 11, 2013 in CNN. During the past few months, I have gently suggested to my patients that they receive the flu vaccine. Many said yes, but some declined. Today, as I look up Google's national flu trend map, I see nearly the entire country painted in an alarming red, signifying "intense" flu activity. According to ...

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A version of this column was published on October 24th, 2012 in USA Today. As the cost of prescription drugs soar, more patients are turning to online coupons or discount cards from drug companies or promotional offers in magazines. In the past year, it is estimated that 19 million Americans whom took prescription drugs used such incentives to save money. The healthcare industry ...

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The following column was published on August 5th, 2012 in USA Today. A patient once blamed me for causing him considerable anxiety because he had to wait several weeks before receiving the results of a lab test, which I had ordered. Many patients commonly have to wait days, if not weeks, before getting lab results from their doctor. The delay can affect patients' health negatively. For instance, one study looked at women who underwent ...

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