Online tools to help shop for the most affordable health care

by Ray Carlson

Two recent articles posted here at KevinMD.com regarding the inclusion of discussions about the cost of health care services between doctor and patient highlighted the growing emphasis on not only the quality of care but the cost of that care to the patient as well. The first article was written by Dr. Leslie Ramirez, who advocated for a more proactive stance by doctors regarding …

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Physicians love a CIO who lets them focus on patients, not technology

by Donald Burt, MD

Many hospital CIOs face an uphill battle winning the hearts, minds and fingers of physicians. It’s not because doctors are technology phobic. Quite the opposite: physicians are some of the most ravenous consumers of new information technology.  Smartphones and tablets are becoming as ubiquitous as stethoscopes at many hospitals.

The truth is doctors are happy to make screen touches, mouse clicks and keyboard strokes if the application is …

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If you’re in medicine, you’re in politics

by Nicholas J. Rohrhoff

Each generation of physicians has no choice but to take on the responsibility of learning the science of medicine – how best to care for patients.  But current circumstances dictate that we must also bear the burden of developing policy that creates the best system in which to provide that care.

Creation of a 21st century American healthcare system will require engagement and …

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iPhone medical apps for patients with migraine headaches

by Diana E. Lee

Some are free, others are not, but there are some great, off the beaten path apps on this list that are well worth downloading to your iPhone.

1. iHeadache (free version, with ads).This app isn’t bad, but I did find some features less than ideal. You’re limited to their list of symptoms, which may not include all of your symptoms. It didn’t include all of mine, …

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Teenage patients are answering medical questions on Yahoo! Answers

by Lorelei Armstrong

Doctors debate whether patients Googling symptoms is a good thing or a bad thing. I bet you haven’t thought about something that might be worse:  your teenage patients are answering one another’s medical questions on Yahoo! Answers.

They’re not always clear on anatomy and terminology:  “How can I tell if I’m circumcised?” and “What’s the best way to shave my vagina?” and “Where is the female prostate located?”

They are …

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KevinMD.com recent media mentions, February 2011

I’ll be on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio 8am Eastern tomorrow morning, Monday February 7th.  Host Dr. Ira Breite and I will discuss social media and medicine.

I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com.

CBS News: Male Docs Make WAY More than Females: What’s Going On?

Another possibility is that women earn less because they tend to see fewer patients than do their male counterparts.

For the most part, doctors are …

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KevinMD posts of the week, ending February 6, 2011

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Physician blogs, doctors on Twitter and a malpractice trial. You are in the middle of a deposition. Plaintiff’s lawyer asks, “Do you blog or tweet?”

2. Patient safety lapses in the hospital. Lack of adequate communication during these transitions led to a delay in changing the patient’s IV and failure to …

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