Did you ever wonder how innovation happens? I just finished Where Good Ideas Come From – The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Berlin Johnson which tackles this very question. Drawing from examples across multiple disciplines, Johnson builds the case that throughout history and nature there are recognizable patterns associated with innovation. By embracing ... Continue Reading about Where Good Ideas Come From
UpToDate, arguably the most trusted information brand in medicine, is now in the patient information game with UpToDate for Patients. I ran into deputy editor Alison Hoppin (a pediatric gastroenterologist) at the American Academy of Pediatrics last week and she gave me a test drive. My bags are barely unpacked and I’m already using it in my practice. I mean, what a ... Continue Reading about UpToDate – The Information Prescription
When I was a medical student I carried around a little black notebook. It held my lists of differential diagnoses, workups, and other key clinical pearls. In the middle of clinic when I needed to know the workup for rickets I had it right at my fingertips. I had dozens of lists and differentials, many of which saved me on rounds or during busy ICU shifts. I still ... Continue Reading about 8 Ways Physicians Can Use Evernote
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
This is remarkable: The New York Department of Public Health is now using polished physician detail reps to approach doctors on issues of, well, public health. Polished, good-looking twenty something’s are being exploited in the name of the public good peddling information on domestic violence, cancer screening and immunization. While the department reports that ... Continue Reading about Physician Detail Reps Selling … Health?