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Ebola in the United States: Don’t forget the lessons we learned

Although I never disclosed this in my medical school interviews for fear of being just another cliche (“Hollywood sparks interest in medicine story”), I decided to become a doctor in 1997 at the age of 11 when I first saw the movie, Outbreak. For years and years, this was my favorite movie. The scene where they […]

Sarepta's Duchenne Therapy Is A Lot Further Away

I wrote here about Sarepta, a small company having plenty of difficulty getting a therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy through the FDA. At that point, the problem was the accelerated-approval pathway, but things have now gotten aShow More Summary

Farzul Sarkar Subpoenas PubPeer

Last month I mentioned that a professor at Wayne State, Fazlul Sarkar, was thinking of suing the PubPeer site or its commenters, after a host of negative comments on his papers disrupted his move to the University of Mississippi. Well,...Show More Summary

Ebola in the digital age: How doctors can confront it

With the recent attention given to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the cases diagnosed in the United States, one of the main ways in which the public is being informed is through social media. Every single day on Facebook, I see at least one story posted about the Ebola epidemic and its potential […]

Lessons learned from LGBT Communities and the ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created an unprecedented opportunity to improve the well-being and economic security of millions of Americans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Notably,...Show More Summary

PBMI's 20th Annual Drug Benefit Conference

Here's a cool conference: The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) will host its 20th Annual Drug Benefit Conference at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter hotel in San Antonio, TX, on March 2-4, 2015. Many attendees will be from employers, health plans, and unions, so you’ll learn the payers' perspectives on pharmacy benefits. Show More Summary

Ebola causes a crisis of commitment in physicians

What happens when your faith, commitment and professional integrity collide with great personal risk? This is what I imagine is happening across the country to physicians, nurses and other health care workers as we all face the Ebola tragedy. Sure, people dying in far away Africa bring an ache to our hearts. Admiration for those […]

How EMRs, core measures and other “system improvements” degrade patient care

There's a great essay on this subject at Medpage Today. I would just add that it's not so much the computer that degrades care as it is the culture we've built around it.

Top stories in health and medicine, October 27, 2014

From MedPage Today: Nurse Beats Ebola. Fourteen days after she felt her first symptoms, Nina Pham, RN, has conquered Ebola. ‘Bad’ Fats Down but Not Out of Diets. Trans and saturated fat consumption have dropped, but not far enough to meet recommended levels for heart health, and omega-3s have plateaued too low. Can Comics Help Treat […]

Keynote at Games For Health Europe

I’ll give a keynote today at the Games for Health Europe conference. I was asked to talk about the gamification chapter in my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, and demonstrate how I gamify my own health with wearable devices. See you in Utrecht!

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 27th October, 2014.

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

Rounding – one attending’s style

Our published research suggests that rounding structure is not a key factor for defining successful attending rounds. Nonetheless most successful attendings are happy to defend their rounding structure. Over the years I have developed a style that I believe melds the “card flipping” style with the bedside style. Many residents and students have complimented this […]

Ebola forces us to rethink how we document in the EMR

Over the past several years I’ve written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. […]

Ebola presents a new paradigm from the ER

Ebola is frightening but not for the reason you may imagine. A little over a year ago Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport resulting in 181 injuries and 3 deaths.  As an emergency medicine resident, this fast-forwarded my training as I took care of many of the patients arriving in […]

Health IT and digital health job opportunities, qualifications, and certification benefits

I’ve written a number of articles and a few video interviews on job opportunities in digital health recently and have received a steady stream of questions since then. Given healthcare IT professionals can make $90,000 or more annually, there has been growing interest in the industry. To help separate fact from fiction and dive a little deeper in to […]

Health-focused wearables have a chance of improving patient care if innovators craft solutions plus providers and insurers work together to incentivize and pay for them

I’ve been interested in the new “wearables” segment for a while. I reached out to Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice where he oversees market research for emerging technology, to give us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making. Show More Summary

News About the Future of Medicine This Week: From mind-controlled prosthetics to engineering human healt

This week has also been amazing regarding the developments of medicine and technology. See more news every day on the Medical Futurist Facebook page and check out the latest articles below: Medicine Unplugged: The Future of Laboratory Medicine (by Eric Topol) Amputees discern familiar sensations across prosthetic hand Mind-controlled prosthetic arms that work in daily […]

Patient perceptions of the hospital experience

An excerpt from Service Fanatics: How to Build Superior Patient Experience the Cleveland Clinic Way. Patients’ definition of their own experience is quite divergent. We ask patients for feedback, and the results are fascinating. We’ve found that patients often use the word experience in their comments: “I can’t believe how the experience in this hospital […]

Want to know why residents don’t chose primary care? Read this.

I just got a taste of improved access, and I gotta tell you, it sapped my energy. It reminds me of the old standup comic one-liner, “I just flew in from Vegas, and boy, are my arms tired.” Today was the department of medicine housestaff picnic (pretty much a guarantee to cause the weather to […]

What Apple can teach health care: Hire unorthodox applicants

Recently, Apple introduced its newest product, the Apple Watch. According to Businessweek, Apple spent years researching watches before deciding to build one. The company flew watch historians to California and they worked to understand...Show More Summary

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