Two of my recent columns were recently published. The first is in USA Today: Electronic medical records no cure-all yet.  While EMRs are here to stay, they are generally antiquated programs that divert providers' attention away from patients:

More time in front of computers means less time for patients. An American Journal of Emergency Medicine study found that emergency physicians spent 43% of their time entering data into a computer, compared with only ...

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KevinMD.com shares the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system, but are rarely heard from.  Over 2500 articles were published this year from these voices, including practicing physicians, patients, policy experts, nurses, social workers, medical students, and hospital chaplains, among others. I sincerely appreciate your continued readership and conversation. Here are the most popular posts of 2013.

    1. Dear lawmakers: This is what it’s like to be a doctor ...

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KevinMD: Fall speaking 2013 I am honored to be offered the opportunity to share my social media journey to health care audiences at conferences nationwide.   It's truly enlightening to meet, and learn from, a diverse array of individuals, each with a different perspective of social media's place in health care. This fall, I will be speaking at conferences in Boston, New York City, and ...

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As we celebrate Independence Day, I ask that you consider taking care of a few TRICARE patients as a way of thanking our service members for their sacrifice.  I must admit I originally avoided taking care of any TRICARE patients because of the low pay.  When one of the surgeons I work with first talked about caring for some of the military families, I gave a large internal groan as ...

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Google Reader retires on July 1st, please switch to Feedly For those who subscribe to KevinMD.com with Google Reader, please be aware that it will be retired this coming Monday, July 1st, 2013. You can continue reading by switching to a number of Google Reader substitutes, but I suggest Feedly.  Login with your Google credentials, and all your subscriptions will automatically migrate over with a single click.  Easy. Of course, you can ...

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The final day of last week’s TEDMED 2013 consisted of two sessions, tastefully interspersed with self-reflection and humor by the curators. The first session, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” looked forward to new developments in technology, and data analysis in particular, that can give us new capabilities in healthcare. TEDMED 2013 recap: Day 4 Computational physicist Mariano Vázquez discussed his work in creating a “computational world” with a supercomputer ...

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TEDMED 2013 recap: Day 3 Day 3 of TEDMED 2013 kicked off with “Session X,” which was a special session focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, and consisted of a spirited panel discussion of two hot topics. During the first half of the session, Marleece Barber, Jennifer Kurkoski, Rick Valencia, Geeta Nayyar and Jeff DeGraff participated in a discussion titled “Every Company is a Healthcare Company: Innovating From ...

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The second day of TEDMED 2013 began with the curator, Jay Walker, providing a recap of the first day, which set the stage for the first session of the day: “How Can Big Data Become Real Wisdom?” This session was the most technologically focused of the day. TEDMED 2013 recap: Day 2 This session started with computer scientist Larry Smarr, an advocate of personalized medicine, who ...

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We’re here at TEDMED 2013, excited to be part of a unique group of people passionate about the future of medicine and curious to walk the path that will take us there. We’ll be reporting through the rest of the week on the talks, demos, and people that make TEDMED the world’s premier medical conference. The first session of TEDMED 2013 opened with performing artist Kishi Bashi setting the stage ...

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At a time when one in three Americans report difficulty paying medical bills, up to $750 billion is being spent on care that does not help patients become healthier. Although physicians are routinely required to manage expensive resources, traditional medical training offers few opportunities to learn how to deliver the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. While the gap is glaring the problem is not new. In ...

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