A featured article titled "Death by A Thousand Clicks" addressed some of the serious problems and challenges we still face in the "digitization" of health care. As an early adopter of EHR since 2003 and a self-avowed "techie," I can vouch for the fact that many of the government initiatives in HIT, like "meaningful use," actually made many EHRs worse. Why? Because many of the regulations were being written by ...

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Tuesday, getting ready for work. Standing in the shower, it hit me. I couldn't remember the last time I wanted a drink. I almost got a blob of conditioner in my mouth as I snorted out loud. “Mom, you OK?” "Yeah, baby, I'm great." Incredible, actually. Like so many, my habit of using external things to feel better was well ingrained. As a kid, I'd sneak ziplock bags of homemade cookies. In residency, stress eating ...

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As I lay there awaiting my shock, the doctors milled in and out of my room over the course of several hours. It was a normal but hectic morning in the emergency department with ambulances and code blues pulling my doctor away. Before pushing the Propofol and completing my cardioversion, the doctor flatly stated something I'd heard many times before. With a certain look in her eyes, she shared a personal ...

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An excerpt from The Doctors Guide to Real Estate Investing for Busy Professionals. I left my 20-year general surgical practice at age 51, only 12 years after buying my first apartment complex. By then, my real estate investments were producing more passive income than I was spending. I no longer ...

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It’s hard to describe the feelings I had when I received my first letter of intent to sue. I think I went through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief — denial at first, of course. This denial didn’t last long since the letter was clearly addressed to me — first, middle, and last name. Anger was almost immediate … I was immediately upset at the deceased patient’s family who were bringing the ...

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If you’re reading this, I have news for you. You are a high achiever. Yes, I mean you. You’ve set lofty goals in your life, and you’ve achieved a level of success others only dream of. This might be in the area of academics, business, or relationships–and for some of you, all of the above. You’ve accomplished big things. But I have a question for you. When was the last time you celebrated something small? Really, ...

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Long gone are the days of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, when you would graduate, join a company or organization, and pretty much stay there for your whole career. Our own personal expectations have changed, and we are fortunate to be living in a time (and country) where we do not need to feel beholden to any one employer, or feel stuck in a job we are unhappy with. Obviously ...

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Back in 2001, we paid off our last personal loan, our home mortgage. At that time, we decided to begin investing in real estate with the money that used to go towards digging us out of our personal debt. Our real estate was held in an LLC, and we acquired loans to purchase these properties. In fact, most of our real estate was purchased with 100% financing. In 2002, the credit ...

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Physicians nearing the end of their careers often mourn the loss of the hospital as it once was -- the undisputed center of the health care universe. They remember a time when every community doctor rounded on patients in the morning, and every surgery was performed in one of the hospital’s main operating rooms.

Times, like hospitals, have changed. This article looks at how the changing role of the American ...

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Canada’s health care system has been a source of national pride for as long as I can remember — a view that was shattered following my experience as a patient advocate during my late father Henry’s cancer journey. The depths of perversity were made apparent to me when I was charged over $1,000 to access my father’s medical records, bringing to light a serious, long-term, systemic problem with access ...

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