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Weekly Roundup 7.24.15

Greetings from Texas. Late with the Weekly Roundup here due to some serious travel obligations which are still underway and afford me very little in the way of access to the Internet. Apologies.  Had it been a low news-level week, … Continue reading ?

I will not let a computer come between me and my patient

Ask any frontline physician at the moment what one of their biggest daily frustrations is and you will probably hear a very similar thing whether you are talking to a primary care, emergency room, or hospital physician. The thing that most takes them away from patients and makes them forget the reasons why they went […]

American College of Cardiology and the MOC Crisis

4 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

This week's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) contains an editorial from Robert Shor, MD, Chair of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Board of Governors entitled "Addressing the Maintenance of Certification...Show More Summary

Why ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard is worth celebrating

Recently, Marshall Allan and Olga Pierce, two journalists at ProPublica, published a surgeon report card detailing complication rates of 17,000 individual surgeons from across the nation. A product of many years of work, it benefitted from the input of a large number of experts (as well as folks like me). The report card has received a […]

Exercise to improve cognitive function

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The Consumers eHealth Alliance (CeHA) Has Real Problems With The Order Things Are Being Done With The PCEHR.

The CeHA released their submission on the planned PCEHR and IHI legislation a day or so ago.Here is the note on their web site.CeHA submission on PCEHR & HI discussion paperJul 242015The 2013 Royle Review into the PCEHR resulted in 38 recommendations. Show More Summary

Analyzing the deficit of African-Americans in academic medicine

The number of African-American physicians in academic medicine is dismal, and this leads to an abundance of problems.  Academic hospitals (teaching hospitals associated with universities) generally do not have a proportionate representation of underrepresented minority faculty as compared to the surrounding population. Show More Summary

AusHealthIT Poll Number 280 – Results – 26th July, 2015.

Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe There Has Been A Proper Assessment Of The Risks To Patient Privacy Associated With The Change In The PCEHR To Opt-Out?Yes 4% (7) Maybe 2% (3) Neutral 18% (32) Probably Not 46% (83) No 30% (54) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 180 Looks like another fail to me. Show More Summary

Surviving an EHR launch: The trauma of Go Live

An excerpt from The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age (McGraw-Hill, 2015). The YouTube video opens to show a balding middle-aged man sitting on a stool, strumming a guitar. In a gentle, twangy croon, the man, Robert Schwab, chief quality officer for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, […]

How doctors can protect their online reputation

A continuing series on physician online reputation.  Created in partnership with The Doctors Company as part of their social media resources for physicians.  Once you establish online reputation, you have to protect it. I was once reading a newspaper article where an emergency physician in Rhode Island decided it was a good idea to post interesting […]

When hypersensitivity pneumonitis enters the fibrotic stage

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Like it or not, the Surgeon Scorecard is the only game in town

If you want to know who the best surgeon in the hospital is, ask the surgical nursing staff. If you want to know who does the best job opening up coronary arteries using catheters, balloons, and stents, ask the cardiac catheterization lab nurses and technicians. Unfortunately, these approaches to comparing physicians’ skills are only available to hospital […]

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links -25th July, 2015.

Here are a few I have come 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

New Insight Report on Moving to Open Platforms Now Available

All of the factors driving the adoption of platform thinking in the wider economy across other industries — escalating demand for better user functionality, customers seeking an outcome rather than a transaction, rapidly changing payment models — are present in healthcare. Show More Summary

Mana Health’s ManaPortal Achieves ONC HIT 2014 Edition Modular Ambulatory and Inpatient EHR Certification from ICSA Labs

Mana Health’s ManaPorta version 1.0.0, has achieved ONC HIT 2014 Edition Modular EHR certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting eligible providers and hospitals with meeting the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful...Show More Summary

An intern writes to his future self. See what he had to say.

Dear future Pranay, By the time you read this, time will have passed with the same explosive inevitability that C. diff diarrhea passes from unfortunate rectums. I’m not sure where life has taken you — you might be a serious senior resident physician, frazzled fellow, or — maybe — living your dream of being an […]

Synthetic Material for Growing Billions of Stem Cells

Stem cell therapy has great potential for treating diseased cardiac tissue. Such procedures require tremendous amounts of cells to be grown from patients’ own stem cells in a laboratory environment. Since such therapies are still inShow More Summary

I tried not to let a drug rep influence me. But he probably already did.

I attend pharmaceutical dinners every once in awhile because: 1) I like to stay up to date with all the new drugs (or just a slightly modified version of the generic, but with a much fancier name and packaging); 2) Though I’m several years out of medical school/residency, one thing I have maintained from those […]

Tiny Surgical Tool to Help With Transnasal Endoscopic Brain Surgery (VIDEOS)

Endoscopic surgical procedures have made a huge difference in helping to treat sites that would otherwise require considerably more invasive approaches. Yet, there’s still a great deal of potential in miniaturizing existing devices and having the ability to get to even the most challenging regions of the body. Show More Summary

Here’s What Happened When I Ditched My Free EHR …

By MOLLY MALOOF, MD When thinking about the phrase return on investment (ROI) what immediately comes to mind is money saved or earned (ROI = net gain/cost). But, when it comes to HIT, calculating investments and returns is not this simple. According to HIMSS, providers should assess ROI based on: • Efficiency savings • Improved

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