Can Google save doctors and patients from the misery of electronic medical records?

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 of daily data entry, Google wants to use speech recognition to help doctors get patient histories and plans into the electronic health record, or EHR. Advertisements Continue reading Can Google save doctors and patients from the misery of electronic medical records?

The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School

Hospital cafeteria food. Malignancy or benign-ness. Patient population seen in the third and fourth years. A medical school interview provides a fusillade of data points to consider, and an applicant can feel overwhelmed. But what criteria actually matter in the long run? Doctors can debate this question endlessly, but here, in no particular order, are the five criteria I believe to be essential considerations when making this all-important decision. Continue reading The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School

How to Know When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care

In this era of Dr. Google and rampant self-diagnosis, it’s becoming increasingly more confusing about where you should go when you’re injured or feeling sick — should you call your primary care doctor, visit an urgent care center or head straight to the ER? Often, the answer to that question isn’t always so black and white. Of course, life-threatening emergencies — a heart attack, bleeding that won’t stop, loss of vision, broken bone, serious head injury — absolutely require a visit to the ER. But for other conditions that aren’t emergencies but still require care within 24 hours, urgent care … Continue reading How to Know When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care

Could a freshly designed patient experience revolutionize the doctor’s visit?

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? Will IBM Watson figure out what that pink mole is? Continue reading Could a freshly designed patient experience revolutionize the doctor’s visit?

Why aren’t we talking more about physician suicides?

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 young, and the epidemic knows no international boundaries. Continue reading Why aren’t we talking more about physician suicides?