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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I sincerely thank those who have reviewed or mentioned Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation. 1. Doctors and Their Online Reputation. The New York Times' Well. "The book is an excellent and helpful resource. But what elevates it beyond the category of valuable how-to manual is the passionate call to arms that resonates from all those well-enumerated directions and clearly labeled diagrams. Like it or not, the ...

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Should prescription painkillers be restricted in the ER?Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently introduced new restrictions on opioid painkillers for New York City public emergency departments. I give my take on the issue in a USA Today column: ER key to curb painkiller abuse.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing national tragedy. One of the biggest culprits is opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet. Shockingly, more than 200 million ...

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My NYT Room for Debate column: Should Kaiser Permanente be a national model? Kaiser Permanente is often hailed by health reformers as the model other health systems should replicate. While integrated health systems have the potential to improve patient care, they also encourage hospitals to buy up physician practices to build their own Kaiser Permanente.  This increases provider clout in the marketplace, which has been shown to actually raise healthcare prices for patients:

Despite ...

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Since the days of Sir William Osler, medical education has been done in much the same way by everyone everywhere. Doctors and academics slave away for hours and hours preparing lectures for students and trainees, all the while being locked away in their own isolated little silos. An anthropologist from Mars (to borrow an image from Temple Grandin made famous by Oliver Sacks) would find this remarkable.  Could it really ...

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Managing your online reputation: Media coverage of the new bookMy book, co-authored with Susan Gay, is now available: Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices. It is available at Greenbranch Publishing, in print or e-book, as well as Amazon. I sincerely appreciate the following media stories and interviews discussing the book.
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AMA: Join physicians and medical students in advocating on key issues AMA: Join physicians and medical students in advocating on key issuesThis week, hundreds of our fellow physicians and medical students gathered in Washington, D.C., for the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference, which is held in the capital city each February. Attendees heard from members of Congress, top administration officials including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, journalists and other experts about the health policy issues ...

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My USA Today column: Should energy drinks be treated like drugs? My USA Today column: Should energy drinks be treated like drugs?Energy drinks are a booming industry, and safety concerns are starting to come to light. I write about these caffeine-fueled beverages in my latest USA Today column: Treat energy drinks like drugs.

Safety concerns require energy drinks to be more closely scrutinized. Beverage manufacturers should clearly label the caffeine content. Adults should limit their ...

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Online reputation for doctors: A comprehensive social media guide I'm proud to announce my new book, co-written with Susan Gay: Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices The Foreword is written by Robert Wachter, MD, with endorsements from Eric Topol, MD, Abraham Verghese, MD, Jerome ...

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