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EHRs and the Importance of Third-Party Patching

Editor’s Note: Ashley Leonard is the president and CEO of Verismic Software, a global industry leader providing cloud-based IT management technology. He is a technology entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in enterprise software, sales, and operational leadership. Show More Summary

New App Uses Fitbit Data to Predict When You May Get Sick

Datapult, a Toronto-based app studio has launched a new app that uses Fitbit data to alert consumers as to when their body is showing signs of a reoccurring illness, such as a cold, before it happens. The app called achu tracks patterns leading up to sickness using a proprietary algorithm that alerts the user to the fact... Read More

Impossible choices: The haunting decisions patients and doctors face

I was home free: in my final year of medical school, with one last rotation to finish. I had matched into a residency in obstetrics. The tsunami of stress that loomed over the past year — choosing a specialty, interviewing all over the country, waiting for the life-altering but fickle match — had passed. I […]

Slow progress on Zika vaccine development – and at the expense of Ebola funding?

The Zika Virus – Image by David Goodwill (RCSB Molecule of the Month 197, June 2016) [CC BY 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons A recent PBS Newshour story highlights just some of the challenges in getting a vaccine for Zika tested and out on the market. The article confirms that about 30 vaccines are being developed […]

The Iora Health Fellowship: A Call For Applicants

BY STEPHEN GORDON, MD As physicians, we pride ourselves on our clinical wins – nailing the diagnosis of a rare disorder or helping a patient achieve control of their long-standing diabetes. However, we commonly face intense frustration and high rates of burnout due to socioeconomic, political, and bureaucratic forces that prevent us from delivering impactful

How much thought do you give to health literacy?

It’s Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., and Mr. Anderson walks into my endoscopy suite as the last patient of the day. He’s a 65-year-old publicly-insured male who presents for a screening colonoscopy. He’s 20 minutes late, because he went to registration in the surgery department. He is convinced “looking for cancer” requires surgery. In triage, […]

The Exchanges Part II

By JIM PURCELL I wrote earlier here about the exchanges, how they are failing, and why.  It is unsurprising that what I wrote is coming true, not because I am some clairvoyant, but because I’ve lived in the insurance world and understand it.  The causes are very, very obvious. The most recent whipping boy is

Aetna’s Obamacare Surprise

By STEVEN FINDLAY Did Aetna just pull a nasty, Trump-like move and up the ante on the Obamacare debate in advance of the election and exchange open enrollment for 2017? The allegation is that the company withdrew from 11 state insurance exchange marketplaces for 2017 after the Justice Department failed to heed Aetna’s warning that

Laughter? That’s the sound of resiliency you hear.

Sometimes, the loudest sounds I hear in the emergency department are laughter. It may seem irresponsible. It may seem discordant. It may seem callous. To me, it is the sound of survival. It is the sound of resiliency. It is the sound of making it through the day. My father was at work when he […]

Population Health in Crisis: The Talent Wars

The guys in the black hats always come out when times are hard, this time, to pontificate on why Obamacare and Population Health initiatives are nothing more than myths invented by an army of pseudo-intellectuals who profit from promulgating this sort of nonsense. Show More Summary

Be mindful of your words. Medical students are listening.

As first year came to an end, we were asked to reflect on our experiences thus far. The multitude of tests and memorized facts, anatomy dissections, and patient interactions flooded my mind. Shockingly, it was not the difficulty of the first year of medical school that I will remember the most, rather the jaded comments […]

Why Is The Government So Hopeless In IT Delivery? Wish I Knew….

This popped up in my scans yesterday.NQ Primary Health UpdateMy Health Record latest newsDid you know that an individual needs to have a myGov account to access My Health Record? People can either log in via their existing account and...Show More Summary

Death is not the enemy. More physicians need to realize that.

I knew it was bad when she couldn’t tell me her name. I watched her face fill with frustration as a word she had uttered countless times over eight decades somehow got lost between her brain and her lips. It was 2 a.m. and I was on call as the surgical resident. I had been […]

Palliative care – our responsibility to patients

This week we had an all too common clinical situation.  A patient with severe COPD developed pneumonia.  His prognosis because of his underlying disease is relatively poor. Fortunately, the patient and his wife had previously discussed resuscitation and intubation.  He does not want to go down that road.  Because of this conversation we quickly went […]

AusHealthIT Poll Number 332 – Results – 21st August, 2016.

Here are the results of the poll.Should The Patient Be Required To Review And Approve A Discharge Summary Before It Is Uploaded To The myHR?Yes 76% (68) No 15% (13) I Have No Idea 9% (8) Total votes: 89 It seems the great majority do...Show More Summary

Use holistic review to improve diversity in health professions

As the health care landscape in America continues to change after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing an even more diverse group of patients seeking care across the nation. As rapidly as these demographics are changing, however, there is still progress to be made in diversity of health care providers who […]

Physician outcomes should be quality measures

Quality measures began as tools to quantify the health care process, using outcomes, patient perceptions, and organizational structures associated with the provision of high-quality health care. Overall, the goals should focus on delivery...Show More Summary

The American Medical Association Takes a Step In the Right Direction

BY LAURIE LEONARD I am very glad the AMA is studying the issue of aid in dying. Opponents to the legalization of aid in dying put quotes around the term, apparently to indicate that it is a euphemism for what they believe is physician-assisted suicide. But aid in dying is not suicide. On 9/11 witnesses

Value-Based Government (GACRA)

By MICHAEL BANKS, MD We decided that if MACRA is good for physicians, then the same thinking is probably a pretty good idea for the US government. We need Value-Based Government. It’s clear that past methods of paying for US Government services have been terribly inefficient. Costs keep going up. Quality keeps going down. We

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 20th August, 2016.

Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and 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 site registration...Show More Summary

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