What patients can learn from the flu outbreak What patients can learn from the flu outbreak Get your flu vaccine now, if you haven't already. And in the future, be sure to get it early in the season. Read more in my column on CNN, In the future, get vaccinated earlier:

One reason why the flu outbreak is so prevalent this year is that the predominant strain, H3N2, ...

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KevinMD: The most popular posts of 2012 Want to know the most viewed posts on KevinMD in 2012? Here they are, in order of pageviews. Happy New Year, and thank you all for your engaged readership and discussion during these turbulent health care times. 1. Why one-third of hospitals will close by 2020. A third of hospitals now in existence in the United States will not cross the 2020 ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Professionalism: Can it be taught? CMAJ. Though tech-savvy, medical students need to learn what is and isn’t appropriate to do on the Internet, even if their peers in other fields of study haven’t yet grown tired of uploading photos of eye-glazing, face-reddening, vodka-induced debauchery. “They need to be cognizant of online professionalism right from the beginning of their medical training,” ...

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Today marks the fourth major re-design of the site since 2004.  And I want to thank all the readers, and those who participate in the discussions that follow, because the continuing growth of the site would not have been possible without you. The current re-design, which was about 2 months in the making, offers a cleaner look with more white space. I want to guide you through a few highlights. Trending posts In ...

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When Apple launched the App Store, Epocrates had a front seat at the table, and collaborated with Apple to make sure its software would be one of the first available for iPhone users. As medical professionals, this didn’t come as a surprise.  We expected Epocrates to be “the first”. It had been the undisputed king of medical and mobile before the word “apps” became everyday vernacular. Epocrates was dominating the medical ...

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My latest USA Today column will be published tomorrow morning: Lab test access carries unintended consequences. More patients than ever will receive their lab results instantly.  As they should.  But just as important as receiving their data, is a physician explaining what they mean: "Before performing any test, doctors should manage patient expectations. Doctors should tell patients what the tests results could indicate and how the results might affect their ...

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September 2012 #hcsm keynotes: #eDTC2012 and @AAOHNSI am honored to be speaking at two conferences this September 2012. The first, on Monday, September 10th, is a lunch session at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2012 Annual Meeting. The second, on Friday, September 14th, is a keynote at eDTC Revolution. Both will be in Washington, DC. I will be discussing my social media journey ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Damage control on physician-rating sites. Medical Economics. Kevin Pho, MD, an internal medicine physician, has written about patient satisfaction issues, says that including patients in the process also helps lessen the possibility that they will criticize you later for saying "no" to something they wanted but that you felt was not in their best interest—such as denying them pain medications ...

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Keynote at the #PRSAHealth conference Next Friday, May 18th, I'm honored to give a keynote address to the PRSA Health Academy Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Titled, "Connect and be heard: Use social media to make a heath care difference," I will reflect on my social media journey since 2004, and share stories of how health professionals can use social media to teach ...

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A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. On March 28, 2012, Governor Scott Walker signed into law SB383, a bill to license Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA) in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (WAAA), the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists (WSA), the Wisconsin Medical Society, numerous other medical specialty societies, the Medical Examining Board, and six major hospital systems supported the bill.  Since 2001, seven states ...

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