In medicine there’s an endemic mindset that if medical technology doesn’t work it will never work. If patients don’t use the patient portal, then portals don’t work and patients aren’t interested in connecting with their own information. The EHR, of course, is the poster child for technology’s failure in health care. But is the idea of a digital space for a ... Continue Reading about 5 Reasons Medical Technology Appears to Fail
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
This analysis in Health Affairs shows that EHR adoption initially results in higher patient mortality but in the long run lowers mortality. Having gone through the transition from paper to digital, it’s easy to imagine. Initially you think, ‘how do I do this?’ Then you say, ‘how did we do it with paper?’ There’s a period of adaptation that happens with new ... Continue Reading about The Health Technology Outcomes Gap
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
This from Chrissy Farr at CNBC today, Why telemedicine has been such a bust so far. Billions of investment dollars have been poured into apps and websites that offer this virtual consultations with physicians, ranging from Doctor on Demand to American Well. The theory behind them is that millennials would opt for a digital alternative to an in-person physician's ... Continue Reading about Is Telemedicine Really a Bust?
Spend enough time in the tech infosphere and you’ll find that there’s no shortage of confidence in the ability of technology to make us better as humans. In fact, technology advances coupled with this confidence has spawned the transhumanism movement. This is... ...a movement predicated on the conviction that we can and should use technology to control the future ... Continue Reading about To Be a Machine – Transhumanism as a Lens on the Modern Condition