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High Tech, High Touch: Why Technology Enhances Patient-Centered Care

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

We live and practice in an increasingly technology-driven society. Email and texting are default methods of communication, and our patients request that we friend them on Facebook and follow health advice delivered in brief 140-character bursts on Twitter.

Personhood: Causality of Modern Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The present state of health care in this country to an increasing extent involves strangers caring for strangers, with patients' narratives and life stories no longer a key element guiding decisions about their own health care.

Practicing Bad Medicine

Namratha Kandula, M.D., MPH | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Namratha Kandula, M.D., MPH

Many people are demanding better oversight of drug manufacturers in the wake of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak. But few people are asking an even more important question: Why were these patients getting questionable -- and mostly unnecessary -- steroid injections in the first place?

After Acceptance

Adam Schickedanz, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Schickedanz, M.D.

Patients like Robert make clear that the very personal meaning patients find in their illnesses can be profoundly empowering. All too often, however, health care does not allow patients to explore the personal significance of their diseases.

The Tissue Controversy: Tears in Hospitals

Wendy Cadge | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Cadge

When health-care providers cry -- as they almost all do, at least occasionally -- I encourage all of us as their family members, friends, colleagues, and sometimes patients to offer them an ear, a tissue, and a reminder that even though it is rarely talked about, they are not crying alone.

Doctors and Nurses: A Relationship in the Works

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Here are the two most common issues that have come up during conversations that only break the surface of what we as physicians can work on when it comes to enhancing the relationship between nurses and doctors.

Changing the Culture of Medicine

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Leo Galland, M.D.

Brian Goldman makes an impassioned personal case for changing the culture of medicine by admitting errors of judgment. I think that the most important step in making that change is recognizing the relationship between physician and patient for what it really is: a partnership.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Keep Patients Safe

Peter J. Pronovost | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Peter J. Pronovost

Can you imagine that most doctors learn little about the third leading cause of death in medical school?

Does Race or Gender Influence Professional Judgement?

Katy Welter | Posted 12.29.2012 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Does race or gender influence decision-making among members of the most respected professions? Several recent, high-profile studies conclude that, yes, even scientists, doctors, and judges are vulnerable to such unconscious bias.

Finding Your Way: One Physician-Patient's Look at Conventional and Complementary Medicine

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

In health care, the world breaks down into two types: those who "believe" in alternative medicine and those who think it is quackery. This is unfortunate. New ideas are always alternative until they become well accepted.

Reducing Nurse Burnout: A Win-Win Situation

Tera Tuten | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business
Tera Tuten

A nurse is the first line of defense when it comes to identifying problems that a patient may be experiencing. Nurses pick up on small indicators that patients may be in trouble, explained Brown. High patient loads and long shifts can only endanger the patient.

Art Can Help Patients Heal

Brooke Seidelmann | Posted 11.12.2012 | DC
Brooke Seidelmann

No one enjoys spending time in the hospital. But consider what it might be like if the white, sterile walls were covered in mirrored mosaics and orridors were marked with kinetic sculptures. Smith Center utilizes arts to facilitate healing.

Proselytizing Health While Living Off Pizza and Stress: The Resident's Hypocrisy

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Despite the difficulties of staying hale and hearty during the busiest few years of a physician's career, medical residents not only have a personal responsibility for their well-being but also an obligation to their patients to engage in the same healthy behaviors that they recommend.

Empowering Hospital Patients: Let Them Help

Sethly Davis | Posted 11.05.2012 | Teen
Sethly Davis

At age 16, for reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I'm not great at accepting help. But as I've thought about this failing of mine, I've wondered if it may in part explain why I want to be a doctor.

The Patient's Role in a 'Patient-Centric' Health Care System

Alan Blaustein | Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact
Alan Blaustein

No health care system today or tomorrow is going to work without the patient taking his or her place as an active team member in the health care process.

What's Missing From the 'Patient-Centric' Conversation? (Hint: It's the Patient)

Alan Blaustein | Posted 10.13.2012 | Impact
Alan Blaustein

The vision is right -- don't get me wrong. And I think we have the chance to get there. But there are far bigger things than simply technology and regulation that have to evolve.

Health Care 101: Dealing With Your Difficult Patient

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

A friendly reminder to those just starting out in their respective health care positions: Your patient demographic will not be solely be made up of sweet old grandmothers telling you how lovely you look in scrubs or a white coat.

Olympic Inspiration in the Clinic

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Like any athlete, I put effort into getting into the zone with patients and creating easy access to that place. For me, it stems from being able to quiet my mind, especially in the exam room setting, regardless of the history that is unfolding.

Inspiring Change With Patients Using Patience

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Seeds of knowledge and understanding for patients sometimes get integrated easily, and sometimes it seems impossible. I am reminded to never give up on a patient just starting out, some people take longer to make changes.

In Support of the Annual Physical Exam

Dr. Frank Spinelli | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Frank Spinelli

Shouldn't we be focusing on preventative health care instead of discouraging patients to see their doctor annually? Aside from the unnecessary tests, over-prescribed medications and needless scans, what's so wrong with fostering this basic human interaction?

Hospice: The Power of Flowers

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The focus in hospice is not on cure but on relieving symptoms such as pain, nausea and fatigue, and on creating the best possible quality of life in one's final days. Flowers, along with attention to other details of environment, surely play a role.

Easing Core Measure Pain, Overcoming 'Big Data'

Janet Dillione | Posted 08.06.2012 | Technology
Janet Dillione

There's a tremendous amount of valuable information in health care, but also a "big data" Rubik's cube problem. The obstacle is how to tap into that data to make sense of what's going on.

Breaking the Cycle of 'Learned Helplessness'

Gifty Maria Ntim | Posted 07.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Gifty Maria Ntim

Effectively engaging vulnerable patient populations in their care is attainable and vital, and will improve health outcomes and contain costs.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Are Doctors Shortchanging Black Patients? Racial Bias May Be To Blame, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

The average time most doctors spend with their patients during each visit is just 20 minutes, according to 2009 estimates by the National Center for H...

The Millennial Patient

Bogdan Rau | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Bogdan Rau

In times when I keep track of my finances online, reconnect with old friends online, purchase goods online and go to the movies, you guessed it... online, it's absolutely astounding how it's still rare for me to be able to get my lab results at the click of a mouse.