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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Think keeping your life organized is hard? Try keeping your doctors organized. In this era of fragmented health care, patients find themselves in the impossible position of having to coordinate their care themselves -- a task that many can’t meet. Having multiple chronic medical conditions often means being subjected to a dizzying assortment of specialists, medical terminology, and tests that can quickly overwhelm patients. How many times have you found yourself in ...

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Give me technology which improves my life and that of my patients, or give me death. Medical records must be informative, efficient, and flexible; like the physicians they serve. For me, a medical record does not contain just a collection of problem lists, prescribed medications, and immunizations; it is a noteworthy account of the health care provided to another human being over a lifetime. Recently, I attended a baby shower of ...

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"You care more about the computer than you do about me!" Thank you for creating what needs to be said, Healthcare Not Fair.

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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Once upon a time long, long ago there lived a man who could see things that other people simply could not see. He was not born with this skill but cultivated it slowly and continuously with years of focused attention. He worked as a physician in a large hospital and would sometimes have students go with him to see patients. As far as the students were concerned, he could really see ...

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Recently, the American Medical Association CEO called digital health care products modern day "snake oil." As a provider and a technologist, I think we need a deeper dive to understand the issues, avoiding the kind of hyperbole that’s so common in politics today. Paul B. Batalden, MD, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), once said "Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets." Let’s take ...

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“I love you,” she said as she was leaving the room. “I, I um …” “Not you. Your computer.” She cast my computer, still warm and glowing with its brilliantly colored logout screen, a glance of longing and desire, and left the exam room. “Oh, I thought …” The slamming of the exam room door clipped off whatever the end of that sentence might have been. I sat down and rolled my chair over to ...

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