Patients seem to be increasingly comfortable managing their health care through digital media. Last summer, our private practice of eight retinal specialists decided to find out exactly how comfortable. From July to August, 2015, we conducted a survey of 200 of our patients during their office visit and asked them what health-care related tasks they were already doing online. Using this data, we’re starting to look at how our medical practice might ...

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In 2009 the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was signed into law by President Obama and this law quickly changed the way medicine in the United Sates is practiced. The law was a first step in requiring all physicians to utilize electronic records. The president promised that creating and electronic record mandate for physicians would result in a national, universal electronic medical record system and ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. This September, I reached a milestone, the tenth anniversary of my electronic health record (EHR) “go live.” Note that I did not write “I celebrated my tenth anniversary,” because while the event was the most disruptive change in over 25 years of practice, the word ...

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The recent release of Pokémon Go, the mobile phone augmented reality game, has taken the world by storm. The game has become a fitness icon, requiring players to walk or run around in the real world to catch Pokémon creatures in their virtual world. While evidence on the long-term health benefits is not clear, it is apparent that the game does more than just allow players to live ...

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When you are looking for a physician, what kind of criteria do you use?  Location is probably a priority as is whether or not the physician accepts your insurance.  You might review your state's medical board, make sure there are no issues with licensure.  Reviewing a physicians medical school and residency training is important.  Some people even like to go in for an appointment just to meet a physician.  As ...

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With Obamacare and creation of health insurance exchanges, many believed that health insurers would compete for patients much the same way hotels, rental cars companies, and airlines compete for customers. By comparing identical benefits packages from different insurers, patients could select their insurer based on the monthly premium and the extent of the hospital and physician network. In a recent Vox article, Ezra Klein urged insurers do "something like Southwest ...

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I had just taken over three other residents' phones and pagers when 2-year-old “Bryce” jumped off the couch in our oncology unit, landed on his chin, and bit completely through his lower lip. I quickly reviewed his platelet level from that morning, examined him, and began calling plastic surgery and anesthesia for sutures. While I was on one phone, a second one started ringing. I declined the call and tried ...

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I am an email junkie and spend more time than I would like to admit on emails every day.  I start my day by looking at emails, and I end every evening reviewing emails.  And yes, I spend time during the day checking the computer for pertinent emails that need my attention.  I think many physicians are of the same ilk. According to Alexandra Samuels, who is the author of Work ...

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Startups looking to partner with health systems: This list is for you. So often, it seems like new technologies being developed for health care don’t address the areas of largest need. We sat down with nursing leaders at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to get a sense of what clinical problems could be best addressed by technology. The following list was compiled from interviews with Sheila Antrum (president and senior ...

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As the practice of medicine becomes increasingly digital, our patients are beginning to manage their health from more convenient points of care.  And as telemedicine improves, instantaneous access to health care providers from the comfort of your home or office is now possible. A recent survey of patients in my practice showed that over three-fourths of them have already used or expressed interest in using telemedicine in lieu of a ...

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