Hundreds of medical residents train in their specialties in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, but since the closure of the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, the spigot of fresh physicians who knew that area’s patients well stopped. The county-run … Continue reading The U.S. underfunds medical residency programs, so local efforts are trying to fill the doctor gap
Google is a company that likes to simplify tasks that used to be much bigger hassles, like reading maps, sharing documents, and finding old emails. Now, recognizing that health systems have not exactly jumped to help doctors with soul-crushing levels … Continue reading Can Google save doctors and patients from the misery of electronic medical records?
The future of the doctor’s visit is the topic of innumerable conference lectures, policy forecasts, and venture capital meetings. Will we all go to community clinics under single-payer health care? Will doctors’ offices shut down as on-demand house calls prosper? … Continue reading Could a freshly designed patient experience revolutionize the doctor’s visit?
I had just finished telling a physician colleague that I was volunteering on the team of a documentary about physician suicide. I told her that at least 400 U.S. doctors die every year in this way, that many of them are shockingly … Continue reading Why aren’t we talking more about physician suicides?
In medical training, there were very few students or residents who intended to go into geriatrics, a subspecialty of medicine involving the care of older patients and an extra one-year fellowship after an internal medicine or family medicine residency. Future … Continue reading Here’s why geriatrics really shouldn’t be a medical specialty
Could we lose hundreds, perhaps thousands, of physicians to bad software? I’ve written about doctors’ frustrations with software before, but recent studies have now linked electronic health records (EHR) to physician burnout. That means the software that runs billing and medical records and … Continue reading Until we fix electronic medical records, we’ll keep losing good physicians
A friend was in the hospital shortly before the New Year. I stopped by to visit. It seemed that her kidney function was grinding to a halt, and she needed special testing to determine the cause. Continue reading Target staffs up for weekends and holidays. Why don’t hospitals?
American fast-food companies seem determined to develop more effective ways to kill people through food, just as doctors and scientists search for ways to save lives with more effective statin drugs and better stents. Continue reading Press guilty of dubious PR when it comes to novelty fast foods
Right after actress Carrie Fisher died of cardiac causes in Los Angeles, the news tickers and celebrity gossips sites crackled again. Continue reading Debbie Reynolds’ death was another missed opportunity for the media to talk about strokes
With computers and iPhones managing every detail of our daily lives, eliminating Rolodexes, paper maps, letters, and CD players, the lack of technology in some aspects of health care is puzzling. Continue reading Tech companies want to change how we check in at the doctor’s office
Medicine is going through growing and shrinking pains at the same time. Conferences like MedX illuminate where we are falling short with our patients and where opportunities for change exist. Continue reading Docs seek balance between tech advances, patient empathy
One big reason doctors and hospitals have adopted EHRs is money. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorized Medicare to pay sizable annual payouts – up to $18,000 in the first year – to doctors who start using EHR systems. Continue reading Why electronic medical records are a disaster for some docs