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. In … Continue reading X-Ray Selfies and Uber-Docs: A Glimpse of Medicine’s (Near) Future

Health professionals volunteer their services when the ACA isn’t enough

At the recent national meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), I dropped in on a session about medical volunteering. I thought I might hear about an interesting opportunity to volunteer in Africa, or South America perhaps. Instead, the first presentation was about volunteering at a free clinic-in America. The physician in charge spoke of an impressive roster of staff-physicians, nurses, medical assistants, who, amazingly, all worked for free to support no-cost healthcare. Free clinics are wonderful and an important part of the fledgling healthcare infrastructure in economically struggling areas, but should not be necessary in a wealthy country. … Continue reading Health professionals volunteer their services when the ACA isn’t enough

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

Why are medical bills so hard to understand?

It’s come to this: healthcare entities have so successfully bamboozled American consumers with their wacky bills and lack of pricing transparency, compounded with robbing middle-class Paul to pay uninsured Peter, that a chirpy contest for entrepreneurs-yes, a call for people to start an entire business to decode medical bills-is the best chance the American people have. Continue reading Why are medical bills so hard to understand?

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

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