Our Guide to the 5 Most Popular iOS Health Apps – And Why They Work

Our Guide to the 5 Most Popular iOS Health Apps – And Why They Work »

mHealth offerings come in all shapes and sizes these days. Photo via SmartAirMedia. As the end of the year approaches, most of us are fine-tuning our holiday shopping strategies and planning menus for gatherings of families and friends. The year began with such promise as we set ambitious goals to shed…
Why Physicians Are Turning to Startups

Why Physicians Are Turning to Startups »

To appreciate the potential impact of the startup movement on health and medicine, you really need look no further than Drs. Rushika Fernandopulle and Farzad Mostashari (disclosure: I was colleagues with both at college and later at MGH). Both are passionate about transforming healthcare – Fernandopulle has an M.D. and a public policy degree from…
Primary Care Via Telemedicine: A New Form of Ongoing Delivery

Primary Care Via Telemedicine: A New Form of Ongoing Delivery »

5 Sep, 2014
Opinion/Editorial
A doctor completes a tele-consult. Image via telemedicine wiki. Telemedical treatment has been a tantalizing possibility for many years, for reasons including a failure of health plans to pay for it and too little bandwidth to support it, but those reasons are quickly being trumped by the need for quick, cheap,…
Social Media Rules: the FDA Crackdown on Big Pharma Advertising

Social Media Rules: the FDA Crackdown on Big Pharma Advertising »

Photo via healthcareos.com. Studies have shown that 60% of Americans turn to the internet for medical advice. It's obvious how social media naturally seems like another method pharmaceutical companies can quickly and easily advertise to consumers. Are pharmaceutical companies alone in trying to tap into our unconscious? Would you be surprised…
Primary Care Prestige: Why EMRs Expand Possibilities

Primary Care Prestige: Why EMRs Expand Possibilities »

Electronic medical records provide new opportunities, says Dr. Anoop Raman. Ipad image via wiki. Prestige in medicine often follows research, which is why physician-scientists who do basic science research have often been considered among the giants of medicine. As the field of medicine advanced, the gap between what we knew from basic…
Family Physicians Are Natural Health System Leaders

Family Physicians Are Natural Health System Leaders »

27 Aug, 2014
Opinion/Editorial
Photo via pixabay. The subtitle of a JAMA editorial on accountable care recently caught my attention: "The paradox of primary care physician leadership." The authors observed that although a typical family physician's or general internist's patient panel accounts for about $10 million in annual health care spending (of which only $500,000 is primary care…
Comprehensive Primary Care Includes Mental Health

Comprehensive Primary Care Includes Mental Health »

25 Aug, 2014
Opinion/Editorial
Photo via wiki. Imagine this scenario. You go to see your longtime primary care provider. What you have to say you could only say to the person who has taken care of you and your family for years, has seen births and deaths. It’s still hard to say. In fact, you…
For Richer or Poorer: Concierge Medicine

For Richer or Poorer: Concierge Medicine »

Who's interested in using concierge medicine? Everyone, according to Dr. Stephen Schimpff. Photo from ZweenaHealth. Is concierge medicine for everyone or is it just for the rich, the 1%? Most people assume it is for the elite and cannot be afforded by the common man, the masses. That is unfortunate because in many…
How Innovations in Medical Training Matter in an Era of Budget Cuts and Physician Shortage

How Innovations in Medical Training Matter in an Era of Budget Cuts and Physician Shortage »

4 May, 2014
Opinion/Editorial

During my time abroad, I watched several patients with heart attacks pass away because there was no thrombolytic (clot-busting) therapy. Thrombolytic medications are inexpensive and have been around for more than 50 years.

Dancing with the Deval

Dancing with the Deval »

3 May, 2014
Opinion/Editorial

Late last year the FDA approved a powerful painkiller called Zohydro—a pure hydrocodone drug. And immediately there was a swell of backlash.

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