Public hospitals have a bad rap. They’re viewed by many as hospitals of last resort, and most patients with private insurance do anything to avoid them. As a long-time physician in a public hospital, I’m sensitive to this reputation. I wouldn’t work in my hospital if I didn’t feel that it delivered excellent health care. I’m certainly aware that private hospitals have amenities that public hospitals can’t afford, but many of ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Chris Emery, MedPage Today Contributing Writer Medical teams should take a lesson from airplane crews, a new study concludes. Medical personnel who used procedural checklists modeled after preflight checklists used by airplane crews were more likely to report safety-related incidents and feel empowered to address safety issues, according to an online report in the Dec. 21 ...

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The rapid advance in digital video and still camera technology has found its way into the operating room. There is the potential to capture and record just about every minute of every surgical procedure in some way. The newest endoscopic camera systems and operating microscopes have integrated systems to record video footage. Storing all that data is just the press of a button away. The advantages for surgeons are obvious, like the ...

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The number of physicians adopting e-mail has been distressingly low. That's a stark fact, especially when you consider that other industries have moved on from e-mail, using more instant forms of communication, like Twitter and other social networking tools. There are a number of reasons, which have been discussed here in the past. They range from a lack of financial incentives for doctors to e-mail their patients to the bureaucracy that ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Jeff Brown, MD Now this is a fun topic. I've always liked writing, "For a vacation" on a script pad for those stressed out patients who need to go on one. Even a weekend away, or in this economy, a "staycation." It's good for the soul. And it's a good use of medical authority to help your patients. ...

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by Michael Kirsch, MD A medical malpractice case was recently filed against me. I received the thick envelope from noble and altruistic Cleveland barristers about 6 weeks ago. Once again, I saw my name in the good company of many other physicians and our local hospital. I reviewed my medical records and felt comfortable with the care I had provided. In a medical malpractice case, quality of medical care is important, ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Ed Rabinowitz Pump up the volume. That’s what physician practices would like to do, and it has nothing to do with louder music. An increase in patient volume is the goal of virtually every practice. Even though the economy is struggling, there are still things physicians can do to increase the foot traffic passing through the practice’s corridors. And according to Drew Stevens, PhD, a practice management ...

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There has been a great deal of commentary profiling medical applications that are useful for healthcare providers. However, there hasn't been much talk about how mobile medical applications can enhance the doctor-patient experience and in turn help optimize your practice’s overall experience. In future posts, we’ll focus more on applications for medical providers, but this post will discuss applications centered around the physician-patient relationship.
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It's no secret that burnout is prevalent among primary care doctors, with 30 percent wanting the leave the field within five years. It gets no better in other specialties. I recently read that, frighteningly, almost 9 percent of surgeons admitted to a lapse in medical judgment within the past 3 months, in part due to the fact that nearly 40 percent admitted to burnout. The author of that post, an emergency physician, ...

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As the first decade of the 21st century comes to an end, it is interesting to look back and reflect on the most significant medical advances we’ve seen. I’d like to present 12 medical advances that I consider to have been the most important over the past decade, and I’d like to ask you, the wider world, to contribute in two ways:

- Add your nomination in the comment field regarding ...

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