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Robot Revolution: Why Technology For Older People Must Be Designed With Care And Respect

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.01.2017 | Technology
The Conversation Global

A Japanese dementia patient holds a baby seal robot known as Paro. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters Nola Ries, University of Newcastle and Taro Sugihara, Okaya...

Policymakers Should Choose Patient Empowerment Over Paternalism

Tony Coelho | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Tony Coelho

We should not be taking this leap backward in the patient-centeredness movement by embracing paternalism over empowerment of patients and people with disabilities. Call on CMS to start over and prioritize building an infrastructure for engagement of patients and people with disabilities so that we are truly advancing policies that balance progress toward a patient-centered health system and overall health costs.

Chronicle of Health Creation: The Shadow in Berwick's Call for a 'Moral Era' for Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The shocking shadow lurking in Berwick's "moral era" made me recall the names of the cascade of reform activities on the way to this reckoning -- and of the shadow each holds. Can this call to purpose rein in the beast?

No Patient Should Be Judged Based on an "Algorithm"

Tony Coelho | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Tony Coelho

Unfortunately, I am continually disappointed when I come across proposals from the halls of academia that seek to impose an "algorithm" for value of health care that seeks to mechanically determine what tests and treatments are worth giving to patients and which are not.

When Paternalism Doesn't Work for Patients

Ravi Parikh | Posted 05.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Ravi Parikh

Paula detested the sitter. And, by extension, she detested the medical team that ordered the sitter. "It's like you guys don't trust me to take care of myself!" she exclaimed, tears running down her face. The fact was, we didn't.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

The Value of Family- and Patient-Centered Care

Lori Lee | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Lori Lee

We settled into what had become our home away from home for the past several months. We knew the faces, sounds and smells. It was all too familiar: 5C. Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Why Is Our Health Care System Disconnected from What Matters to Patients?

Kim Thiboldeaux | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Kim Thiboldeaux

There remains a systemic disconnect between patients and the community involved in treating them. For decades, the patient experience has been marred by disconnected, uncoordinated care and a focus largely on biomedical needs.

Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the Universit...

We Need to Create an Enabling Environment for Health Innovation

Krista Donaldson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Krista Donaldson

No matter where you live, or your income level, healthcare is ripe for change. The state of health in 2024 will be radically better, but only if we create an enabling environment for implementation and adoption health innovations.

Doctor-Patient Communication: What to Do When a Patient Says Thank You

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Let me show you four simple steps -- requiring just 15 seconds -- that will turn a thank you into a two-way healing encounter of the highest order. ...

Paper-Centered Care

Mary Barber, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Barber, M.D.

There is a lot of talk in health care today about "patient-centered" care. Sadly, my recent experience with the health care system seems to show that we are more of a paper-centered system of care right now.

Patients First in Cancer Care

Doug Ulman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Doug Ulman

Improving patient engagement and quality of life isn't just a feel-good approach -- it's life-saving. And we really have no choice.

A Third Strike Against Big Pharma

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Given the influence on prescribers that the J & J and other cases reveal, there are just too many ways that care can go awry. It is thus essential that patients and families become informed and vocal advocates for their care.

'Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!'

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

We must bring back the art of medicine and the art of healing and treat all of our patients with a "listening infusion."

Rebranding 'Patients' as 'Health Care Consumers': Tread With Extreme Caution

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Those of us in favor of universal access to care argue that health care is not a commodity. Those who can't afford health care are priced out of it, and health care is no longer a public good, like public education and clean water.

From a Young Doctor: A Tribute to Nurses

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

As we celebrate this year's Nurses Week, I am reminded of the Hippocrates saying that the goal of medicine is "to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." This, too, I learn through daily example from the amazing nurses I work with.

Navigating Health Care and Information -- Health Care Journalists Share Insights for Consumers (Part 1)

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

With more consumers turning to the Internet to search for health information, the process can be labor intensive, leaving consumers confused and wondering if the information presented is accurate or just hype.

Patients First

Luis Haro, M.D | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Luis Haro, M.D

I got into the health care field to save lives, and the last thing I planned on doing was to chair a committee and study process improvement. In the beginning, I asked myself how all of that ancillary activity could have anything to do with my mission and calling.

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.

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.

A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

Hurricane Sandy: No Match for Nurses' Resolve

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Nurses, doctors and other members of the health care team rallied together to provide quality patient care during a time when things surrounding us were unraveling and destruction was evident.

We Listen. We Care.

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Barbara Coombs Lee

Leaders in the care of patients who face serious and life-limiting illness have designated November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, pro...

Your Inner Statistician, Revisited: A You-Centered View Of Medical Testing

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many doctors, particularly young doctors, come to view test results as if handed down direct from the heavens -- and forget that context greatly alters their implications. It shouldn't be your burden to defend against this -- but alas, it is.