When I finish a history and exam I always ask parents what they understand about their child’s problem. It’s a critical question. It helps me understand how they see their child. When answering the question, parents often introduce their comments with, "I know I shouldn’t be on the Internet but…" Translation: “I know as my doctor you’ve always been my sole source of ... Continue Reading about Self-Surfing Patients
There was obvious commotion in the galley. Something was up. I initially turned a deaf ear to the overhead call for a doctor but my laptop’s Powerpoint images were a dead giveaway. Flight service attendant: Are you a doctor? (you’re not dressed nearly well enough but we thought we’d ask) DrV: Yes (but trust me, not the kind you need) Flight service attendant: ... Continue Reading about Is There a Doctor on the Plane?
I’ve never done this before. The folks over at Typepad asked if I’d like to monkey around with a Peek device. I said yes. They mailed me one. No money ever changed hands. I took it on vacation and here we are. I will remind you, however, that I’m no Walt Mossberg. For the uninformed, the Peek is a bare bones email/text only device working to position itself among ... Continue Reading about Take a Peek to the Beach
Think social media is a fad? Check out this eye opening video which showcases the dramatic rise in online social networking. Perfectly suitable for SM skeptics. Via Ted Eytan ... Continue Reading about Is Social Media a Fad?
Hearst Newspapers has finally discovered that doctors make mistakes. Check out their latest collective project, Dead by Mistake, to witness journalism’s most recent boondoggle. The project’s site profiles stories of medical error for public review. From Mother bleeds to death after delivery to From a broken leg to a vegetative state, it's all there. Any patient who ... Continue Reading about Dead by Mistake – Old News Retooled
While the world laments the absence of communication between doctor and patient, look no further than Stanford’s Packard Children’s Hospital for innovation. They’ve installed eight iMacs in their ER that, among other things, allow parents to chat with the ward clerk. It’s like an emasculated HelloHealth but only for your kid's ER visit. And if you’ve got some time ... Continue Reading about iChat Adopted at Packard Children’s Hospital ER