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Tips for Talking to Arrogant Doctors

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

I know as well as anyone how many demands doctors face. We feel pressure to be on time, get a detailed medical history and not make mistakes. But how much time does it take to say hello and give a patient the sense that you are there to help? According to medical research, it does not take much time at all.

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.

Hurricane Sandy: No Match for Nurses' Resolve

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

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.

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?

FTC Inches Closer To Going After Google AGAIN

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Federal Trade Commission staff report has recommended that the government sue Google for violating U.S. antitrust law because...

Health Care 101: Survival Tips for Medical Students

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

To survive medical school one must be genuinely interested to learn, be ready to jump through hoops when necessary, and be prepared to experience the ups and downs of caring for patients with serious illness.

Healthcare Momentum: Our Shared Responsibility

Cyrus Massoumi | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Cyrus Massoumi

Entrepreneurs should think about how to disrupt healthcare -- and then think about it some more. The startup world is full of thoughtful, brilliant people who will are well positioned to be successful in anything they apply themselves to.

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.

Television's Assault on Medical Research

Doug Peddicord | Posted 11.25.2012 | Media
Doug Peddicord

Patients who participate in clinical trials should be applauded for their willingness to contribute to medical science. They don't need to be exploited, made fun of or otherwise degraded.

Waiting for a Miracle? Perspectives From Health Care Providers

Wendy Cadge | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Cadge

What do health care providers do when patients, families or other surrogate decision-makers talk of miracles or are waiting for one? It depends.

Consumer Access to Health Care Information and the ONC: An Acronym at Work

Alan Blaustein | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Alan Blaustein

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of the Department of Health and Human Services recently held its 2012 Consumer Health IT Summit on the continuing effort to advance consumer access to health information.

Personal Health Records -- The New Game of Telephone

Alan Blaustein | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Alan Blaustein

I know there are many tools developed and being developed out there to create my master personal health record. Whether my record is on a disc, on a card, in the cloud or on some yet-undefined system, the goal is to get our records online.

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.

Why Every Week Should Be Nurse Appreciation Week

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Throughout history, the culture of medicine has revered the role of a physician as the core to patient care and medical recovery. Yet in my personal work experience, absolutely no care would be delivered without the critical role of a nurse.

Barbara Should Be Able to Celebrate

Bob Crittenden, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Bob Crittenden, M.D.

Just when Barbara's life was getting better with the addition of the Affordable Care Act that helps her pay for her medicines and provides her preventive services, Ryan and Romney are proposing that she pay more.

Medical Boundaries: Which Are Necessary?

Judith Acosta | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

There was a time, not that long ago, that a doctor was not a deity surrounded by the impermeable membrane of incomprehensible technology. A doctor was just another member of the community.

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.

Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Dave Chase | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business
Dave Chase

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.

Engage With Empathy

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

To effectively engage patients and caregivers, it is critical that health care providers engage with empathy. With empathy we connect, we understand, we listen, and we communicate. We can engage and empower our patients to be proactive and in charge of their health.

Approved Pathway for Biosimilars Must Be Patient-Focused

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Clayton

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has worked hard to become an international leader in the production of biotech drugs. But as the nation introduces these medicines, we need to ensure that safety protocols are in place -- so that every patient has the opportunity to get healthy.

Healing Health Care

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

In his interview, Dr. Soon-Shiong raises the need for more integrated health care with the patient at the center and focus on the cost of not doing so vs. the current focus on what things cost.

Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.

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.

Why Can't Doctors Hear Me?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 06.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy K. Humphreys

Doctors have created dictionaries full of terms, in Latin no less, to talk to each other about medical issues. Why on earth can't they come up with a list of terms in English, words they trust patients can use to tell them exactly what feels wrong with us?