Some doctors join Facebook, Twitter; others wary – USATODAY.com

Some doctors join Facebook, Twitter; others wary - USATODAY.com

Some doctors join Facebook, Twitter; others wary – USATODAY.com – This article was brought to my attention by colleagues who wonder, “Is this what social media for physicians is about, marketing your practice?” I think what’s in that question, and what the title of the piece creates the feeling of in my mind (am I …

Doctor never saw patient’s lab results – The Irish Times (What if the patient and their family had?)

This is one of two posts today about the potential for patients and their families having access to lab test results at the same time their doctors do. I’ve written several posts about this on this blog, which you can track here. This post and the one that is about to follow touch on the …

Study: Several D.C. area hospitals do not have nondiscrimination policies for gays

Study: Several D.C. area hospitals do not have nondiscrimination policies for gays These hospitals do not explicitly include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in their patients’ bill of rights or nondiscrimination policies. They are: Sibley Memorial, Howard University and Providence hospitals in the District; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County; …

Hopefully Reading Soon: Open Leadership, by Charlene Li

Reviews and Press of “Open Leadership” – Founder of Altimeter Group, Author of Open Leadership, Coauthor of Groundswell – I am in the endnotes of this book, described as “one of the most prolific blogging doctors,” alongside mention of Kasier Permanente’s social media policy (which is available for download and as a model for others). …

On the Host Committee | Health 2.0 goes to Washington, June 7 2010

On the Host Committee | Health 2.0 goes to Washington, June 7 2010 – What a host committee – welcoming the Health 2.0 community to the #epicenter – in addition to collaborating on the warm welcome provided by @cmschroed @susannahfox @disruptivewomen , I’ll be on the panel discussion “Can Health 2.0 Improve EHR Adoption?” along …

Recognition for The original "share everything with my patients" physician – Sal Volpe, MD – eClinicalWorks.com

Recognition for The original "share everything with my patients" physician – Sal Volpe, MD – eClinicalWorks.com – " Several eClinicalWorks' customers, including Dr. Salvatore Volpe, the Aquidneck Medical Associates and Ninth Street Medical Associates, have been recognized for achieving the highest level. "The PCMH concept has great potential to improve the quality of care delivered …

Story Power: The Secret Weapon : Journal of Patient Safety

Story Power: The Secret Weapon : Journal of Patient Safety – Stories: Core to Living, Learning, and Leading Whether you are a physician in training, reciting a patient’s history at rounds, an actor playing the part of a hero in a movie, a parent telling a bedtime story, or a chief executive officer (CEO) inspiring …

Health Information Technology Basics (California Nurses Association)

Health Information Technology Basics (California Nurses Association) – Cautionary, and interesting take on Electronic Health Records, from the California Nurses Association: "RNs have to work collectively to control health information technology rather than trying to fix it. It’s important to recognize that tinkering can’t fix HIT because its primary purpose is to mechanize, or routinize, …

The CO-OP Program (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)

Summary from Kaiser Family Foundation: Create the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program to foster the creation of non-profit, member-run health insurance companies in all 50 states and District of Columbia to offer qualified health plans. To be eligible to receive funds, an organization must not be an existing health insurer or sponsored by …

Regina Holliday’s Testimony to HIT Policy Committee 4-20-10: Access to the Electronic Medical Record

Regina Holliday's Testimony to HIT Policy Committee 4-20-10: Access to the Electronic Medical Record

This is a link to @ReginaHolliday’s testimony before the HIT Policy Committee of the Office of the National Coordinator, to be given on April 20, 2010 Regina Holliday’s Medical Advocacy Blog: Access to the Electronic Medical Record – Because we are all patients in the end. We all deserve care and compassion. We all deserve …

Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney. The president ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation. The memo is …

Wireless health care: When your carpet calls your doctor | The Economist

Wireless health care: When your carpet calls your doctor | The Economist – Doctors are an obvious early target for wireless health. A forthcoming report by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), a think tank, estimates that two-thirds of American physicians already have smart-phones. Over one-third of American doctors use Epocrates, a program for mobiles and …

Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Health Reform Legislation

Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Health Reform Legislation – Create the Independence at Home demonstration program to provide high- need Medicare beneficiaries with primary care services in their home and allow participating teams of health professionals to share in any savings if they reduce preventable hospitalizations, prevent hospital readmissions, improve health outcomes, improve the efficiency …

CLIA Permits Electronic Exchange of Lab Data « Health IT Buzz

CLIA Permits Electronic Exchange of Lab Data « Health IT Buzz – Nice work. Early in 2009, I saw the need for guidance related to the electronic exchange of laboratory data since it is a key part of improving health care quality and care coordination. We subsequently asked the Information Exchange Workgroup of the HIT …

Aetna’s Ron Williams on Health Care: What to Expect – BusinessWeek

Aetna’s Ron Williams on Health Care: What to Expect – BusinessWeek – Clay Christensen of Harvard Business School said recently that in health care, competition does not help control costs but rather drives them up. He said the structure of the system pits hospitals that want to fill their beds against insurers that want to …

Child Psychiatrists Embrace Videoconferencing Telepsychiatry – TIME

Child Psychiatrists Embrace Videoconferencing Telepsychiatry – TIME – Telepsychiatry is a growing trend in mental health, says Dr. Kathleen Myers, who treats Rachel up close and personal despite the 75 miles between them. As director of the telemental health service at Children's Hospital, she points to one of the benefits of a videoconference: unlike a …

Love wins: Gay marriage in Washington DC / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

Love wins: Gay marriage in Washington DC / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

Love wins: Gay marriage in Washington DC / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com. The State of Virginia’s decision to reinstate discrimination was immediately overshadowed by the District of Columbia’s decision to end it last week, creating lots of excitement in this territory-not-state part of the United States. I really like the way the author …

Among Large Cities, San Jose and D.C. Lead in Well-Being

Among Large Cities, San Jose and D.C. Lead in Well-Being – The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score measures for each city an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The overall composite score and each of the six sub-indexes' scores are …

DC Job Opening : Support the development of national health policy on behalf of the medical groups of Kaiser Permanente

DC Job Opening : Support the development of national health policy on behalf of the medical groups of Kaiser Permanente – I was asked to pass this on, which I am happy to do; it's an open position in the Washington, DC, office of The Permanente Federation. The job is Director, Public Policy and Government …

Livetweeting, Pioneering Ideas, and Data Transparency

Pioneering Ideas: How Can Health Data Transform Health and Health Care? – As this blog post says, the Robert Wood Johnson pioneer portfolio is at the famous conference that has the same name as mine. As I received this message from the PR agency promoting this work on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, …

Using text messages to report medication inventory in Africa

Using text messages to report medication inventory in Africa – From Dr. Jay Parkinson's new venture, a great use of SMS in Africa. I am going to post on my experience at the mHealth Networking conference tomorrow. I think innovations like this are worth noting – accessible to all and not requiring of a lot …