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"There's a lot of anxiety about how our practice is going to change," said Dr. Kevin Pho, a blogger and primary care doctor in Nashua, N.H.
NPR's Shots: To Friend Or Not: The Facebook Challenge For Doctors
One doctor who does see potential is internist Kevin Pho, who practices in Nashua, New Hampshire ... ...

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If someone asked me at this point in the year, which happens to be nearly the end of my first one, what I liked most about medical school, it would have to be the patient's stories. I could do without the hours of science classes and my utter lack of motivation to learn any subject that I am told is important. I could also do without the people who need ...

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A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. APSF is a patient advocate organization whose mission is to improve the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting: safety research and education; patient safety programs and campaigns; and the ...

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Does it really matter how many ribs Michelle Obama ate on her vacation? For too many conservatives, the answer seems to be yes, with pundits poking fun at the anti-obesity guru's dinner choice. But conservatives need to give it a rest: many seem to prefer scoring easy points against the First Lady to arguing about the best way to attack the obesity epidemic -- and some even claim that ...

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As a medical student I have come to appreciate two core goals of health care: 1. Health: The delivery of medical knowledge, assessment or treatment to a patient 2. Care: The compassionate approach to any patient In my medical training, I have also witnessed clinical medicine practiced across a spectrum of situations.  Taking my time to reflect on these experiences, I am not certain we are meeting our goals.  Too often ...

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Sooner or later, it happens to every patient advocate or navigator who works with patients on the medical aspects of their care (as opposed to other forms of advocacy, like billing or legal advocates). One of “our” patients -- someone whose hand we have held, who we have protected from problems in the hospital, who depended on our advocacy expertise as a way to make the ...

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I delivered a keynote presentation a few weeks ago entitled "Personalized Medicine: Tailoring Healthcare in the Information Age" to a group of parents who had taken their kids to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons summer science camp. Aside from the jolt the parents received from my presentation regarding anticipated changes in 21st century healthcare, especially involving the myriad ELSI issues that would confront medical practices as a ...

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In a meeting with senior management at Harvard Medical School, one of our leaders asked, "What is our cloud strategy?" My answer to this is simple.   The public cloud (defined as the rapid provisioning and de-provisioning of CPU cycles, software licenses, and storage) is good for many things, such as web hosting or non-critical applications that do not contain patient or confidential information. At Harvard Medical ...

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When we think of vaccines we need to divide the world into the industrialized countries, those with transitional economies and the developing countries. In the developing world, the proportion of the population less than 15 is very high, e.g., Mali has about 50% of its population under age fifteen compared to about 15% in the industrialized countries. This suggests that the emphasis in the ...

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I was paged by labor and delivery three times during the 10-minute drive from my house. I headed straight from the parking lot to the labor ward expecting a patient of mine to be close to delivery. I was wrong. The chief resident and attending obstetrician were waiting. They looked tired and worried. A woman had arrived on Friday with ruptured membranes. She was 21 weeks along in her pregnancy, and now ...

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