Reduce health costs? Stop focusing on physician salaries.My latest USA Today column is now up: Doctors are not overpaid. I explain why focusing on physician salaries won't do much to dent health costs. Also, as I wrote in a prior blog post, "Pay me like a French doctor. You know you want to," any salary comparison with other countries also needs to consider their costs of medical education ...

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Dr. Arlen Myers, president of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, can give you ten good reasons why doctors make great entrepreneurs.  However, in my many years of working with physicians, I have learned when it comes to a business idea, doctors, like most new entrepreneurs, often need help getting the nuances wrestled to the ground. For example, I remember the conversation with an ED medical director about the importance of using “ER” ...

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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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