Physicians have a love-hate relationship with the electronic health record (EHR). On the one hand, doctors know they can't provide the best possible medical care without them. And on the other, today's EHR systems are cumbersome, clunky and slow physicians down. Indeed, there's much to love and much to hate about today's EHRs, alongside a variety of ways to address the problems they create. One solution may lie in blockchain, the technology currently ...

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Eons ago, there was a television show where a non-human character would yell out, "Warning, warning," when he sensed imminent danger. The series was called Lost in Space where we were entertained by a set of quirky characters on a cheesy set. We loved that stuff. It’s hard to imagine today’s millennials and younger folks being transfixed, as we were, with the deep television dramas of our day. Who could ...

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I can’t help myself from telling patients how things really work in health care. But I feel they have a right to know. When I see new patients their jaw usually drops when I sit down with them next to the computer with a stack of papers held together with a rubber band or a gigantic clamp and with yellow sticky notes protruding here and there with words like LAB, ER, ...

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It is all too common for a section in a progress note to look something like this:

# Aspiration pneumonia:
  1. Continue vancomycin 1 g bid
  2. Continue Zosyn 3.325 g q6h
  3. Follow-up blood cultures
  4. Follow-up sputum cultures
  5. MRSA nares screen negative
  6. Blood cultures negative
  7. Discontinue vancomycin
Yesterday, a version of this note (lines 1 to 5 to be precise) had my name on it. Today, it is signed by someone else. Read it ...

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At the start of the transition to electronic health records (EHRs), I was totally on board as one would expect of a millennial doctor. I, along with my fellow millennials, grew up alongside the internet. We can type with our eyes closed, navigate pop-ups in a jiffy and intuitively know how to manipulate electronic charts to serve our purposes. But, I did find myself in a unique position in the millennial ...

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke that has escalated to alarming rates in recent years, affecting nearly 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. In an attempt to reduce its prevalence, the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) released a set of hypertension management guidelines. However, various concerns arose regarding the recommendations and as a result, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and ...

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Historically, the doctor-patient relationship has been at the heart of medical practice, with administrative tasks and record-keeping at the border. Today, that critical balance is at risk. Nearly all hospitals and 80 percent of medical practices use electronic health records (EHRs), presumably to help improve access to health information and increase productivity. The problem is that none of these digital tools were designed specifically to advance the practice of good medicine. Consider ...

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As someone who has been in IT health care supporting hospitals, radiologists, and specialty surgeons, I’ve seen the struggle from just about every angle when it comes to the problems with health care technology. One of these struggles that continue to be a problem for myself, our patients, and our physicians are the imaging CDs that patients bring in. Sometimes the patient brings in a disc that is found to be ...

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Health care is obsessed with new technology. Every week, a new article comes out promising disruption of medical care as we know it through personalized genetic therapy, app extensions that transform smartphones into ultrasounds or autonomous surgical robots. Yet, one of the best examples of health care technologies is also one of its oldest — instant messaging. Though the original messaging platform AOL Instant Messenger was sadly discontinued at the end ...

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It has become more and more evident with time that the health care delivery system here in the United States is riddled with issues. One with many disagreements arising from the fact that there is no clear and universally acceptable solution to our problems. In many ways, the system seems to step on its own feet — as the health care professionals working within it fight to make it work ...

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