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
If you haven’t heard, OpenNotes has a killer panel submitted for the 2019 SXSW Interactive Festival: Transparency in Healthcare, One Note At a Time. For the uninformed, OpenNotes is an international movement advocating for the availability of medical providers’ notes to patients. The team at OpenNotes has pulled together University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s ... Continue Reading about 4 Reasons OpenNotes Will Rock SXSW Interactive in 2019
If you poke around old medical records you’ll find WNL written in parts of the physical exam. Neurological: WNL. It means within normal limits. It’s the pen and ink dotphrase used through most of paper record history by physicians to indicate that the organ or system under exam was unremarkable. One of medicine’s most versatile and open-ended acronyms, within ... Continue Reading about Within Normal Limits
33c is thrilled to have Doximity as a sponsor this week. The ideas below, however, are shaped and written on my own. You might not have noticed it, but last week Doximity Dialer was rolled into the Doximity app making it part of the growing set of Doximity offerings for health care professionals (For a summary of what Doximity is up to, see my post last month when ... Continue Reading about Doximity Dialer Now Part of the Doximity App
33c is thrilled to have JotForm as a sponsor this week. The ideas below are shaped and written on my own. So it’s a recurrent theme in clinics everywhere. The patient shows for their appointment on time. They sit filling out forms. The doctor waits for the forms to be filled out. If the patient is accessing two different clinics in a facility, they may fill out the ... Continue Reading about JotForm – A HIPAA-compliant Solution to One of Healthcare’s Biggest Workflow Problems
In 2011 I wrote about typing as a critical physician skill. Things haven’t changed much. Voice recognition has improved but admittedly only works in certain contexts. Typing remains key. It’s the interface to the digital world. You can quibble about EHRs but the critical nature of keyboarding goes well beyond records and impacts how we connect to the world. As I ... Continue Reading about Keyboarding Doctors: Would You Hire a Doctor Who Can’t Type?