Every year that physicians have used social media, we’ve been talking about the July start for new doctors. And every year we offer our advice for medical graduates. Each year new grads echo their cries of reservation. And each year we stand by telling them that everything is going to be okay. Tips and tricks for surviving the unsurvivable are almost too numerous ... Continue Reading about Advice for Medical Graduates That We Least Expect
Friction in Healthcare – Why More Could be Better
In Silicon Valley there is a concept referred to as friction. It’s the idea that you’ve got to remove every bit of inconvenience or work that gets in the way of a digital interaction. It’s about making things as easy as possible to get done. Reducing friction leads to higher conversion which means it gets you to do what the app wants you to do. I've been thinking ... Continue Reading about Friction in Healthcare – Why More Could be Better
The Future of Medical Meetings
I suspect COVID-19 and our one year experiment with virtual conferences may force us to rethink the future of medical meetings. I began asking questions about medical conferences a long time ago. I saw them as expensive junkets to endure boring speakers talking about stuff that I could get on other media. Kinda like medical students who skip the the amphitheater in ... Continue Reading about The Future of Medical Meetings
Will the Final Rule Change How Doctors Document?
I've been wondering: Will the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule change how doctors document? Recently Skeptical Scalpel (surgeon, writer and senior member of the Twitter intelligentsia) shared the experience of a family member who was worried about her cervical MRI report: My 38 year old non-medical daughter just got the results of her cervical spine MRI online. ... Continue Reading about Will the Final Rule Change How Doctors Document?
Zooming Court From the Operating Room
As health professionals we’ve all multitasked on Zoom calls. But few of us have done Zoom calls with a patient asleep in front of us. Recently we heard the story of a California plastic surgeon Zooming court from the operating room with a patient on the operating table. “Hello, Mr. Green? Hi, are you available for trial?” a courtroom clerk said as Dr. Green, ... Continue Reading about Zooming Court From the Operating Room
Compromised connection: Lessons from a Year of Telemedicine
Let’s face it: Telemedicine isn’t there yet. I’ve been treating patients for nearly a year by remote care and so far I’m underwhelmed. And my patients have voted with their feet — most still want to see me in person. I suspect they're not happy with the compromised connection that telemedicine delivers. So I want to unpack some of my ideas on telemedicine. ... Continue Reading about Compromised connection: Lessons from a Year of Telemedicine