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Dr. Lawrence 'Rusty' Hofmann
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Dr. Lawrence “Rusty” Hofmann is a Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, Chief of Interventional Radiology at Stanford University Medical Center, and Co-Founder of Grand Rounds, Inc. He has devoted his career to providing state-of-the-art care to patients at either Johns Hopkins, where he practiced for 10 years, or Stanford, where he practiced for 8 years. He has published over 100 scientific articles on minimally invasive treatment of blood clots (DVT) and cancer. In addition, his research has encompassed stem cell therapies as well as gene therapies.

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The Doctor Will See You... at 11 P.M. -- The Power of Asynchronous Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Our intuition tells us that we have to see a doctor in person in order to get quality care. They need to know us and see us so they can understand us, and therefore make a correct diagnosis and prescribe accurate treatments. Right?

In-person consultations will always have their place....

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EHRs and the Model T Ford: "Any Color You Want As Long As It's Black"

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:27 PM

When the Model T Ford was introduced, consumers were thrilled -- who cared if it didn't have a roof or windshield wipers? It was better than a horse and buggy, and completely altered the transportation industry. The only catch was the color, which prompted the famous line, "Any color you...

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Health Care's Current Definition of Quality Is Wrong: Operational vs. Outcomes

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:30 PM

The health care industry is making some great changes -- particularly noteworthy is the attempt at creating tangible ways of measuring the quality of care. Part of this is driven by the pay-for-performance mandate as directed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The other part is due to industry changes:...

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Just Say "No" to Novelty Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Technology can be a wonderful thing. We can find the best Thai restaurant in our neighborhood, check traffic and find alternate routes when necessary, and even make a $30,000 jewelry purchase, all within seconds, all from our phones. But sometimes technology overreaches, like it did this year with novelty medicine....

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State-of-the-Art Medical Treatment: Demand It

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Have you seen those AT&T commercials where a guy sits around with a group of children asking either-or-questions, like "What is better? Fast or Slow" and "Which is better? Saving money or not saving money?"

In terms of health care, what if I ask you: "Which is...

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Medical Second Opinions: More Necessary and Easier than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:36 PM

My son, Grady, developed a rare and life-threatening illness--yet I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Grady's case was as unusual as it was extreme: a liver disease affecting one in 1,000; an abnormal white blood cell count; and a bone marrow disorder that affects one in one million....

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