iOS app Android app

Electronic Medical Records

Medical Errors Should Not Be Our 3rd Leading Cause of Death

Allen Frances | Posted 09.27.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Suppose two jumbo jets crashed every day, killing a total of about 365,000 people in a year. Remarkably enough that's about the level of carnage caused every year in our country by avoidable medical mistakes.

Latinos Face Digital Divide In Health Care

The Conversation US | Posted 08.06.2016 | Latino Voices
The Conversation US

When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language.

Medical Errors Are The Third Leading Cause Of Death -- How You Can Avoid Them

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

It is astonishing that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. The most recent data indicates that 251,000 deaths are due to m...

The Electronic Health Record: Boon or Boondoggle?

Darryl S. Weiman, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Darryl S. Weiman, M.D., J.D.

Even though the use of electronic records has great potential to improve care and reduce costs, current limitations of the records have prevented these, hoped for benefits, from reaching their potential.

How Good Is Obamacare Now: 2016 First Semester Grades

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In April 2014, I gave Obamacare a grade point average (GPA) a 2.0 (letter grade is C). By August 2014 the average had improved a little to 2.2 (C+). Has this changed now?

Raiders of the Lost Art: Medicine in the Digital Ice Age

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2017 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Technology needs to find ways to enhance the doctor patient relationship, not tear it down. Let's start by bringing eye contact back to the practice of medicine.

Salesforce Wants To Give Health Care 21st-Century Customer Service

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Health care has long been stuck in the past when it comes to customer service, making it hard for patients and their doctors to communic...

After Hurricane Katrina, This Clinic Proved That Building Back Better Matters

Michael J. Nyenhuis | Posted 08.14.2016 | Impact
Michael J. Nyenhuis

Preparing for the next disaster by building back better is a rising refrain today among those of us engaged in disaster response and recovery efforts around the globe. In New Orleans, EXCELth is showing us all how to do that in a thoughtful way.

Banking Saves Health Care

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Eric Silfen, M.D.

The problem that confronts health care represents a lucrative business opportunity for the industry that does data transaction best: banking.

Electronic Health Records: The New Lightning Rod in Health Care

David Blumenthal | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Blumenthal

For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. health care from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR was revealing at many levels.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?

Kevin R. Stone, M.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

The point is, we can all talk. We just can't type and hunt and peck efficiently. And "Siri" could both listen and add the information we may never have even learned in medical school, making both the patient and the doctor smarter.

New Technology Helps Vets Navigate the Medical Quagmire

Gary M. Kaye | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Gary M. Kaye

Both Congress and the administration are moving to relieve the backlog of veterans waiting for access to medical care by authorizing them to get priva...

Maybe Technology Adoption in Health Care Isn't as Hard as It Seems

Mark Wagar | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

With all the talk in the past about how difficult it is to incorporate technology into our health care system, I believe there are too many excuses. M...

An Electronic Backpack: Helping Foster Youth Lighten a Heavy Load

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Wendy Lazarus

As children and youth continue to age out of the foster care system, it's becoming increasingly important for public agencies to be forward-thinking and adopt new technologies that help foster youth make a smoother transition to adulthood.

What's the ObamaCare GPA? The ABCs of Giving a Grade to the Affordable Care Act

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

I want to grade what the ACA is doing for me now. Because that's where healthcare reform hits the road, in the care that each of us pays lots of dollars to receive.

The Loneliness of the Sick Self-Tracker

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Shaquille O'Neal towered on a main stage in the Austin Convention Center, chatting about wearable technology amid the uber-hip throng at the South by ...

Medical Notes for All to See

Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D., M.S. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D., M.S.

Why would we willingly engage in this "high-tech, high-touch" experiment of opening up the medical record, taking such a dramatic departure from the paternalism of medical care that dominated our practice just a couple of decades ago?

Anna Almendrala

Entrepreneur Offers Tool To Fix Obamacare 'Disaster' | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

As Obamacare's growing pains continue, hospitals and clinics are racing to upgrade their paper files to electronic ones to reach a government deadline...

Innovating Health Care

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

This past week I was introduced to a new electronic medical record (EMR) that was implemented at the underserved clinic where I see the majority of my...

Seeing Over the Health Care Horizon

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

I believe that the announcement by the FDA of the approval of the genome sequencing technology for medical applications is symbolic for the future development of personalized health care.

Localism is the Cause of High Healthcare Costs

Paul A. London | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul A. London

Antitrust laws should be used to prevent larger healthcare organizations from stifling competition in local markets but large medical businesses competing on price, service and quality is what the country needs to lower healthcare costs.

Should All Personal Information Be Encrypted?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

As we roll out the technology to implement the Affordable Care Act -- with millions of Americans signing up for the first time -- attempts to find and exploit weaknesses in the system are bound to increase.

Henrietta Lacks' Genes and All of Yours?

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Like Henrietta Lacks' family, millions of us will soon confront questions about our genomes. We should learn as much as we can, and plan more carefully now, before it is too late. Our genomic data may reveal aspects of our fate, but we can still potentially control how and when the information is used.

Health Care Reform: A Time for "Long-termism"

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

Similar to other businesses, the motivation for hospital excessive short-termism is to meet annual operating margin targets and preserve bond ratings, but the value forgone affects society, not just shareholders, and has slowed and even distorted the evolution of hospitals themselves.