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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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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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:

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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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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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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. How to find the best medical information online. Los Angeles Times. "We need to face the reality that because of the Internet, patients are more empowered," Pho said. "We can't see ourselves as gatekeepers. We need to see ourselves as curators who can shepherd patients through an abundance of information." 2. Can Public Health Messages Be Entertaining? ZDoggMD Thinks So. ...

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