X-Ray Selfies and Uber-Docs: A Glimpse of Medicine’s (Near) Future

Dr. Eric Topol wants patients to own their own health data. The tech-loving cardiologist-turned-genomics professor from the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, CA has been popping up a lot lately, in op-eds and at health technology conferences. Continue reading X-Ray Selfies and Uber-Docs: A Glimpse of Medicine’s (Near) Future

Why it might be hard to find a medical marijuana doctor

Many doctors have a difficult time with marijuana as medication, and consider doctors who prescribe it as second-class citizens. These doctors fear that they will enable recreational drug use, that patients will abuse medical cards to get drugs for friends and that patients will lie to them to get a card. Continue reading Why it might be hard to find a medical marijuana doctor

The 5 TV Medical Myths That Drive Real-Life Doctors Crazy

Medicine seeps into television shows of all kinds: Hospital dramas, crime procedurals and even supernatural series rely on the dramatic device of illness or injury to create suspense. But the real-life doctors who advise Hollywood on medical matters prefer that you don’t bring expectations for fictional care into real-world emergency rooms. Continue reading The 5 TV Medical Myths That Drive Real-Life Doctors Crazy

Why electronic medical records are a disaster for some docs

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

When it comes to healthy living, docs don’t practice what they preach

The American College of Physicians national meeting was in full swing. Every year, internal medicine physicians gather to hear the latest medical information and find out how they should update the ways in which they practice. In a Washington, D.C., … Continue reading When it comes to healthy living, docs don’t practice what they preach

Loan Repayment Programs Could Work Far Better for Both Docs and Underserved Patients

Dr. Rishi Manchanda, who worked at a South Los Angeles clinic while in a government student loan repayment program, had just finished speaking about his career. A worried-looking medical student in the audience stepped up to the microphone during the … Continue reading Loan Repayment Programs Could Work Far Better for Both Docs and Underserved Patients