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Google Health and other personal health records have been touted as a way for patients to actively keep track of their medical history.

However, some of the information, such as diagnoses and the active problem list, are populated using insurance billing codes. This presents a problem, as these codes are notoriously inaccurate, and can reflect a condition that was entered years ago and has since resolved.


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Here are some of the more interesting comments readers have left recently.

1. Dr. Gwenn on limited health literacy:
For us to do a better job with patients and teach them to be better advocates for themselves, we need more time - plain and simple. At the same time, patients need more community supports to understand the complex health world and build the skills they need ...

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

1. Is Natasha Richardson brain dead? Was an epidural bleed, or "talk and die" syndrome, to blame after her ski accident?

2. Did the Canadian health system fail Natasha Richardson?

3. Dying from cervical cancer, and the questions surrounding Jade Goody

4. JAMA ...

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I'm aware that the blog's RSS feed is not working.

Unsurprisingly, the problem is on Blogger's end, and I'll have to wait out a fix.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks to all that gave me the heads up on the problem.

Update 3/14 :
I put in a temporary fix, so the feed should be up again. Thanks for your patience.

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

1. How was Nadya Suleman impregnated with octuplets? Is IVF, the mother, or her doctors to blame?

2. Nadya Suleman's fertility specialist Michael Kamrava, and how he's able to stay in practice despite a poor history of successful implantations

3. Ways you can die ...

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I recently migrated the site's RSS feed from Feedburner to Google.

After the transition, it seems that I lost subscribers who had received a daily e-mail update from Feedburner.

If you were someone who received a daily update, please re-subscribe, by entering your e-mail address at the top of the middle column, to the right of this post.

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Is it possible?

Medical Justice's Jeffrey Segal proposes a model that benefits both patients and doctors, as well as cut costs.

The premise is based on immunizing doctors who follow evidence-based practice guidelines from liability.

As Dr. Segal writes, "Physicians would be armed with knowledge of how to predictably avoid an adversarial legal process. The conventional tort system remains as a backstop incentivizing the doctor to voluntarily ...

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After waiting hours to see the doctor for a 2-minute visit, some patients have resorted to giving a bill to their physician.

It sounds extreme, but economist Alan Krueger writes that the cost of patient waiting, estimated to be $240 billion in 2007, is neglected when considering the cost of health care.

I'll be the first to admit that many doctors do not appropriately value patient time, ...

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It appears so.

The public health option is the centerpiece of a progressive vision of health reform. Some consider it a "backdoor" to a single-payer system, since in theory, a publicly funded option like Medicare should have the cost advantage when compared to its private plan counterparts.

According to some models, however, some of the cost savings will also come at the expense of physician salaries. ...

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