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Building Better Metrics:  Focus on Patient Empowerment

By NIRAN AL-AGBA, MD Growing up during the 1970’s and 80’s, the “Little House on the Prairie” television series was an iconic part of my childhood.  Doc Baker was the physician and veterinarian for all of Walnut Grove, in spite of limited resources.  Medical lessons were everywhere in the beloved television series:  Mary experiencing onset

How primary care is being held hostage to tertiary care

Illustration by Jorge Muniz, PA-C. Here’s a quick review of health care delivery basics: Primary care. Stuff you can get handled with your primary care doctor in your neighborhood. Example: ingrown toenail. Secondary care. Stuff your primary care doctor refers to a secondary specialist down the road. Example: colonoscopy. Tertiary care. Complex stuff you need to deal […]

Pharma Has Funded Hilary to Tune of Nearly $1 Million This Cycle, But Supports Republicans Overall

According to the latest data from the Federal Election Commission released on Monday, September 12, 2016 (here), Hilary Clinton has received more than $990,000 in funds from the healthcare/pharma industry although the industry has donated...Show More Summary

Just Dues

4 hours agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

She reached into her large canvas bag and handed it to me. “I read about your award, Dr. Fisher, and wanted you to have this to remember it by.” I was stunned (and a bit embarrassed). “Thank you, Ms. Smith (not her real name).” There...Show More Summary

MED-EL SYNCHRONY EAS Electric and Acoustic Hearing System for Partial Deafness FDA Cleared

  MED-EL, an Austrian firm, received FDA clearance for its SYNCHRONY EAS (Electric Acoustic Stimulation) Hearing Implant System. The product is the first hearing aid system that simultaneously works as both a cochlear implant and a more traditional audio amplifier. Show More Summary

The complications of firing patients who won’t vaccinate

A manifesto has been making the rounds on Twitter (and other places) over the past year. It has been attributed to Dr. Mike Ginsberg, a California pediatrician. It reportedly was originally a Facebook post that has since been taken down, perhaps because of the controversy it generated. I can understand why; vaccines are a hot button topic, and […]

A Trip to a Roller Coaster Park to Clear Kidney Stones?

While kidney stones are not the cause of death they were in generations past, helping them pass through the urinary tract can still be a challenge and involve a good amount of pain. What if instead the prescribed therapy was a trip to...Show More Summary

Beware how the affect heuristic filters your view of data

The Spock in us would like to see data as hard, fixed, and totally interpretable.  The Dr. McCoy in us understands that data do not have those properties.  Nietzsche once wrote, “There are no facts, only interpretations” In fact we always interpret “facts” in light of our biases.  Our filters come from our preconceived opinions. […]

You Cannot Worry About Health Care Reform When You Must Bow Down to a Tyrant

We started Health Care Renewal to highlight major health care problems whose discussion had previously been nearly taboo, with the hopes that this discussion would lead to true health care reform. These problems included concentration...Show More Summary

This doctor is against medical marijuana. Here’s why.

I have already opined on my disapproval of a medical marijuana law recently passed in Ohio.  Once of my points in that piece is that I did not want legislators making medical decisions for us.  They can’t even do their own jobs. I am not against medical marijuana; I am for science.  The currency of […]

Advancing Health IT and Preventing Data Blocking through Model Contract Language

By ANDY SLAVITT and LINDELL WASHINGTON, MD As we move to transform the health care system into one that delivers more coordinated care across various clinicians and providers, it is important that data is available to providers and patients when and where they need it. To achieve this goal of ensuring the flow of health

The Philosopher and Her Camera

Ava DuVernay, director of the Oscar-nominated Selma, asked me to meet her at a vegetarian restaurant near her editing facility in Studio City. DuVernay has long been an impressive filmmaker, but her prodigiousness is now undeniable.Show More Summary

What’s wrong with socialized medicine, and what we can learn from the NHS

The British National Health Service (NHS) was born in 1948, based on legislation passed that year mandating free high-quality health care for all paid by taxes. In contrast, the U.S. started Medicare in 1966 to provide health care to the elderly and the State Children’s Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 1993 to fund health care for […]

Oxy-Iso Color Correction Glasses for Healthcare Workers: A Medgadget Review

16 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Color blindness can be frustrating for those with the condition, and it can also create challenges for some medical professionals while they’re doing their daily tasks. Veins, in particular, can be hard to spot by normal seeing people, and it’s even more difficult if your color perception is off. Show More Summary

Speak for Myself App Keeps Communication Lines Open With Intubated Patients

16 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

When a patient is intubated and on a ventilator, communication becomes a serious problem and can cause severe anxiety for many. Thanks to electronic tablets becoming ubiquitous, a nurse at the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University has developed an app that can help patients rendered mute to communicate their needs and wishes. Show More Summary

AMA Survey: 5 Physician “Must-Haves” to Adopt Digital Health Tools

Physicians are attracted to digital health tools they believe will improve current practices and impact patient care, according to a new survey released today by the American Medical Association (AMA). While there is broad-based optimism,...Show More Summary

The Man Behind the Curtain

In February 1988, Fred Barnes, then the White House correspondent for The New Republic, marveled at the refurbished George H. W. Bush who had appeared on stage in the first five Republican debates that winter and spring. “Who’d have guessed that Bush would perform so memorably in the debates?” he wrote. Show More Summary

Shirley Jackson’s Disappearing Act

“And the first thing they did was segregate me” goes the opening line of Shirley Jackson’s 1941 short story in he New Republic. In the enigmatically itled “My Life with R. H. Macy,” an unnamed Macy’s shopgirl narrates her first day at he store until the moment she abruptly walks off the job forever. Show More Summary

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 26th September, 2016.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require...Show More Summary

Can a Healthcare App Seal of Approval Foster Innovation?

Editor’s Note: Michelle Longmire, MD is a Stanford-trained physician-entrepreneur and the CEO of Medable Inc., an app and analytics platform for healthcare. Reach her at @LongmireMD.  In an effort to protect consumers, Apple has released...Show More Summary

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