The medical infosphere has a pollution problem. Misinformation is becoming one of healthcare’s greatest public threats. We’ve seen this recently with COVID-19 and over the long run with vaccine advocacy. But yelling back is unlikely to change minds. Spend some time watching the sharpest vaccine advocates. Despite personal attacks they laser drop ... Continue Reading about The Solution to Pollution is Not More Pollution
This week Dr. Jay Parkinson had this to say about telemedicine and telehype: In the minds of consumers, they hear telehealth and they hear a cheap 10 minutes with a stranger. They don’t hear that it should be like managing a project at work over time using online and in-person communication with a known team of highly competent people. Over the past ... Continue Reading about Telemedicine and Telehype
For years I have argued that doctors need webspace to park their ideas. A place that is relatively permanent. A place with an address where ideas can live and people can go. A place to call your own. This should be the home base of your digital map. But in 2020 few doctors maintain sites that are their own. Ideas have taken the shape of Twitter threads — long ... Continue Reading about Doctors Need a Webspace to Call Home
In business it’s been suggested that the customer is always right. And in medicine the patient is always right. Right about their perspective. Right about their agenda. Right about their hidden agenda Right about their symptoms. Right about their story. Right about what they're most concerned with. Right about what they ... Continue Reading about The Patient is Always Right – But Right About What?
I watched a news segment this week about the rising popularity of telemedicine. The segment profiled a doctor and showed him conducting a telemedicine visit in his home. To my surprise he was wearing a stethoscope around his neck. It got me thinking about telemedicine and stethoscopes. I asked my wife, ‘what’s he plannin’ do with that stethoscope, I ... Continue Reading about The Truth About Telemedicine and Stethoscopes
The first thing I heard from my team after starting full time telehealth was the exhaustion that seemed to set in at the end of the day. I have noticed this myself. After 8 hours of back-to-back virtual engagement with parents I found myself with a kind of telemedicine fatigue that’s hard to describe. Then I started hearing the same sentiment from doctors on ... Continue Reading about Telemedicine Fatigue and the Stress of Remote Care