If you want to show that you’re peeved on Twitter, starting with Ummm appears to be your best bet. Consider it part of the new literacy for the 21st century. Consider a recent Twitter exchange over a cardiology publication where one doctor wasn’t happy with how his position was represented. Let’s roll the clip.... Ummm... i listed false benefits attributed to ... Continue Reading about New Literacy for the 21st century – The Art of Microstyle
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
Last week cardiologist Dr. Milton Packer offered a skewed perspective on Twitter. His piece, Do You Practice Twitter-Based Medicine, published in MedPage Today called into question the value of Twitter and drew harsh blowback from physicians. What stood out was Packer’s misunderstanding of not only Twitter as a platform but the broader role of public dialog among ... Continue Reading about The Twitter Education of Dr. Milton Packer
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?
Literacy was once characterized by the ability to read and write. But in modern terms, literacies may be viewed as the skill sets needed to function. Howard Rheingold tells us, “Literacy is skill plus social competency.” Better put: It's what we need to be able to do. This got me thinking: What do doctors need to be able to do? Physician literacies have ... Continue Reading about Literacies for 21st Century Physicians
This is the rough narrative of a presentation on new physician literacies delivered at Stanford's Medicine X on September 30, 2012 I’m convinced I was born at just the right time in history. I was trained as an analog physician but I’m a witness to medicine’s digital transformation. It’s really a remarkable time to be in medicine. And one of the key forces ... Continue Reading about The Case for New Physician Literacies in the Digital Age