A few noteworthy things:
Doctors are sick and tired of jumping hoops. Organized medicine’s latest mandate is maintenance of certification, or MOC. Consisting of an assortment of oddly creative quality and patient-safety exercises, it seems MOC’s biggest win has been the initiation of a conversation about what makes a doctor qualified. In a bold move of medical disobedience, The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons has been born.
Angry public physicians
Counted among the angry internists is Wes Fisher, long-time blogger and public physician, who recently published a withering expose of the American Board of Internal Medicine money trail. This is what happens when doctors become publishers. And when publishers think they can speak for doctors you wind up with this sort of thing in Forbes.
On the board of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons it’s no surprise that you’ll find Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now. After starting a global conversation about the digitation of the human in The Creative Destruction of Medicine, his new book defines what it means for the patient. Buy, study, assimilate and live The Patient Will See You Now. Then pass it on. Nice summary in this week’s Wall Street Journal.
Technology that sucks
When it comes to digital health it’s becoming harder to tell real news from The Onion. Here’s a digital pacifier that feeds real-time temperature data to mama’s smart phone. Not sure the geniuses that came up with this one understand fever curves. The health infosphere is cursed with a blind, technooptimistic bias that tends to applaud rather than question anything that can be packaged in 140c. I’ve been guilty of that more than once.