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Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

Patients First (Part II)

Karl Ohaus | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Karl Ohaus

While health care is full of very talented and dedicated people, they are working extremely hard in systems that are, quite frankly, completely broken. Even worse, these wildly talented people are not being effectively used to fix the problems.

Improving the Human Side of Cancer Care

Jimmie C. Holland, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jimmie C. Holland, M.D.

The United States boasts the best cancer care in the world, and yet many patients have complained that the "human" side of their care has lagged far behind. Fortunately, there is now a strong body of research supporting the treatment of the whole person.

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.

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.

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.

Why We Become Doctors

Bernie Siegel, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bernie Siegel, M.D.

I wish medical schools helped us to analyze our reasons for becoming doctors. Only to learn you can't fix everything and wonder why our world is filled with problems and diseases which couldn't be cured.

The Limit To What Doctors Understand

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

How much easier it is to imply that it must be "all in the patient's head," rather than concede it is knowledge that isn't yet in ours! How easy, and how wrong.

Physician's Errors: How Our Health Care System Is Failing Us (VIDEO)

Stefan Kertesz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stefan Kertesz

2010-08-20-pullpull.jpg What if we are teaching doctors to do the wrong things for their patients?