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Dear health IT: Please understand our frustrations

Dear health IT staff, I know that, on many levels, physicians must be the absolute banes of your existence.  We are grumpy and resistant to change. And some of us are still confused by graphing calculators, much less complex modern computer systems.  We call you because we forgot our passwords, then because we forgot the […]

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 26th January, 2015.

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

What have we lost with the progress of medical training?

Every third-year has heard it: “When I was in your position, I was taking 24-hour calls every other night. If my resident was there, I was there …” We’re regaled about the glory days, without shelf exams, without phlebotomists, and — by God — without those work-hour restrictions. The days when medical students wouldn’t dare […]

Performance measurement has major problems

I started writing about performance measurement and associated problems for 10 years. For the first few years, we in the blogosphere seemed to be shouting in the wilderness. When I first joined the ACP Board of Regents, the general consensus favored P4P. We who questioned the value of performance measures were told that “the train […]

Doctors moonlight as nurses to stay competitive

Nurse Shannon Wilkens on floor 4 west thought she saw someone she knew in scrubs walking into room 414. “He was tall, I swore he looked familiar. Our charge nurse informed me he was recently hired and volunteered to work nights,” Wilkens recalled. “So being that it was slow, and I had only three patients as opposed to the usual 5, I […]

The time to regulate e-cigarettes is now

A new revelation has added to the ongoing controversy over the health risks of e-cigarettes. Some commentators have viewed the use of this electronic delivery system for nicotine as a way for smokers to cut down on tobacco cigarettes or quit the habit altogether. Others have contended that e-cigarettes can be a “gateway” to smoking and may actually […]

62 Science Fiction Movies in 4 Minutes!

The Singularity Hub shared a fantastic video about the 62 major science fiction movies from the early 20th century. A must-see for all sci-fi lovers! Here is the complete list of movies mentioned in the video: 1902- Voyage dans la lune 1927- Metropolis 1929- Fraud in Mond 1931- Frankenstein 1933-The invisible Man 1936-The Devil Doll […]

Palliative care in the ICU

Palliative care is increasingly being recognized as a part of definitive critical care regardless of prognosis. Review here.Via Hospital Medicine Virtual Journal Club.

What are doctors thinking when you’re talking in the exam room?

Ever wonder what your doctor is thinking while taking your history? If we’re doing it right, we’re looking at you instead of a computer. We’re making appropriate eye contact while displaying welcoming body language. And we’re letting you tell your story with as few interruptions as possible. Clearly we are listening intently, but did you […]

Here’s why we need evidence-based pediatrics

There have been countless instances in which the traditional practice of medicine has been disproved when someone actually took the time to perform a study. But who cares if a treatment doesn’t work — why does it really matter? Let me walk you through why it’s important, starting with the Hippocratic oath. Continue reading... […]

Are corticosteroids beneficial for cardiac sarcoidosis?

From a recent systematic review: Background There are no published clinical consensus guidelines or systematic evaluation supporting the use of corticosteroids for the treatment of cardiac sarcoidosis. The purpose of this study was to...Show More Summary

Good To See More Positive Evidence and Publicity On E-Mental Health.

This appeared a few days ago:Health advocates call on Federal Government to utilise technology to fight mental illness saying digital services are 'vastly underused' By Lexi Metherell January 21, 2015, 4:00 pmMental health advocatesShow More Summary

Top stories in health and medicine, January 24, 2015

From MedPage Today: Congressman to AMA: Offer SGR Solutions Not Complaints. The American Medical Association (AMA) is doing a disservice by not weighing in on how to pay for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare. Show More Summary

Stop yelling at your kids. Here’s how to do it.

Everyone yells at their kids. Oh, I’m sure there are some truly perfect parents out there who don’t (and some who don’t because they are physically unable to yell), but the rest of us do. Parents are human; we all get frustrated, angry, exhausted and scared and, well, yell. But yelling rarely helps. It usually […]

AusHealthIT Poll Number 254 – Results – 25th January, 2015.

Here are the results of the poll.Following The Back-down On Medicare Rebate Cuts, With A Promise Of Consultation, Do You Expect More Consultation On The PCEHR And E-Health This Year?For Sure 3% (2) Probably 6% (4) Neutral 3% (2) Probably...Show More Summary

There’s a time and place for a vaccine anthem. It’s right now. It’s right here.

ZDoggMD channels his inner Bruno Mars so we can all get vaccinated. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

What do you value most at the end of life?

A friend of mine died after outliving her prognosis for more than a year. I was with her at almost all her appointments with various oncologists. She had asked me to be the note taker for these appointments so that she could focus on the discussion as it happened and then have the notes to […]

Do physician assistants and nurse practitioners really save money?

In his popular tome, The Innovator’s Prescription, Clayton Christensen proposes several cures to health care’s cost disease, known as disruptive innovations. One is the replacement of physicians by advanced practice clinicians (APCs). Show More Summary

The gifts of burnout: An evolutionary wake-up call for doctors

It has been fourteen years since I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. I have journeyed far from the field of medicine, and yet my heart keeps hearing the call to return to my physician communities and share what I have learned. I simply cannot ignore my sense that the pain within our […]

MKSAP: 25-year-old woman comes for a preconception evaluation

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 25-year-old woman comes for a preconception evaluation. She has a history of hypertension that is well controlled with lisinopril. Show More Summary

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