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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 | 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.

Can Patient Data Lead to a More Intelligent, Effective Healthcare System?

Janet Dillione | Posted 06.10.2012 | Technology
Janet Dillione

What I would like to challenge you to think about is how physicians can adopt enabling technology in order to make the leap to a smarter approach to using clinical data for patient and business good.

The Healing Power of Storytelling

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Storytelling is a two-way street. Illnesses unfold as stories, and physicians need to learn how to listen to those stories. The same is true of giving advice, for if good advice is given in the wrong way, the patient will not follow it.

Reinventing Health Care: The Design and Investment of the Millennia

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Soren Petersen

When patients see themselves as guests rather than sick people, their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors change and this tends to greatly advance their bodies own ability to heal itself, which, amazingly enough, is what really happens.

I Don't Think Physicians Are as Arrogant as You Do

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

I am a physician, and I don't think I am more arrogant than non-physicians. While patients and media frequently accuse us of behaving arrogantly or poorly, I'm not sure these are fair generalizations.

6 Things Patients Can Do To Improve Health Care

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

While we can all agree that there are "bad apples" in every line of work, the "bad apples" in medicine simply are not the reason that we are in the crisis we find ourselves in.

Technology, the Engine Behind Connected Health

Janet Dillione | Posted 12.28.2011 | Technology
Janet Dillione

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the eighth annual Connected Health Symposium, an event that brought more than 1,000 healthcare executives, ...

How 'Watson' Could Help Health Care

Janet Dillione | Posted 11.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Dillione

The prospects for advanced computing in health care are undeniable, and behind the scenes, Watson is in clinical boot camp getting prepared to participate in one of the most important jobs there is -- taking care of patients and saving lives.

Language Understanding Innovation Shows Value for Healthcare

Janet Dillione | Posted 11.07.2011 | Technology
Janet Dillione

Things like tracking trends in patient care or shaping treatment decisions through better, real-time information cannot happen if we don't have meaningful data to analyze and drive informed decisions.

How to 'Limit the Pain' of Electronic Health Records

Janet Dillione | Posted 10.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Dillione

But with advancement comes a learning curve and adaptation, and as we've seen with electronic health records (EHR), usability remains a widespread hurdle.

How Electronic Medical Records Affect Patient Care

Janet Dillione | Posted 08.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Dillione

Around the globe, we face increasingly complex and intertwined diagnoses, treatments and recovery paths. As a result, it is vitally important to capture and preserve the nuances of each patient's care path.

Managing High Need, High Cost Medical Patients

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

We can now detect and monitor those who are "falling between the cracks." We have evidence based practices for what medications and counseling therapies work best for people with serious mental illness.

Open Letter to Hospital Compliance Officers: Questions to Ask as Standards Enter Pilot Phase

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louis Provenzano

New and revised Joint Commission requirements for language and interpretation standards took effect this month on a year-long pilot basis for healthca...

Why You, The Patient, Are The Most Important Part Of The Health Care Team

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

The health care team is comprised of a diverse group of specialized professionals, and the most important part of the medical team is the patient.

Does A Physician's Religious Beliefs Impact Patient Care?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Given our society's religious and ethnic diversity, physicians must be attentive to the ways in which a patient's fundamental values may conflict with a physician's own deeply held convictions.

6 Things Your Doctor Should Never Say (PHOTOS)

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

You would think that after 35 years of being in practice and having made the same mistake before, I would know better. It may be why they call it medi...