Trina Dorrah, MD

Me first! Behavior: Why Health Care Turns Patients from Nice to Nasty

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September 16, 2014

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Patient experience:

How did we get to this point, and what can be done to correct it? Interestingly, Christopher Elliott’s article was about selfishness among airline travelers, but in my opinion, his observations perfectly explain why health care has seen a similar increase in Me first! behavior.

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Is there a “Platform gap” in Healthcare? A Stanford Medicine X Panel

Is there a “Platform gap” in Healthcare? A Stanford Medicine X Panel

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September 15, 2014

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IT:

Personal data is changing the way we work, live and play. As consumers, we expect to receive personalized recommendations in a variety of areas, from shopping at Amazon, music from Spotify or movies from Netflix. I have been wondering how this type of data personalization can change healthcare, especially in the arena of chronic disease management.

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The Pain of Being Left Alone with Your Thoughts

The Pain of Being Left Alone with Your Thoughts

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September 14, 2014

7 comments

Cognition & the brain, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior:

When left alone with their thoughts, participants in an experiment preferred an electric shock to to their head rather than think of nothing.

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Kenny Lin, MD, The Common Sense Family Doctor

Why are doctors still prescribing bed rest in pregnancy?

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September 13, 2014

6 comments

WELLNESS:

Maternity care providers have traditionally prescribed “bed rest,” or activity restriction, for a host of pregnancy complications (including preterm contractions, short cervix, multiple gestation, and preeclampsia) despite evidence that it does not improve maternal or neonatal outcomes.

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Engaging Patients with an Apple and Health Apps: Watches Are No Longer Just for Telling Time

Engaging Patients with an Apple and Health Apps: Watches Are No Longer Just for Telling Time

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September 12, 2014

11 comments

IT:

These innovations will further allow the electronic patient to become more of a mainstream phenomenon. However, in order to be effective, physicians and other healthcare providers must embrace these technologies and begin to better understand their utility in all patient populations.

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TedMed2014 Day 1:  The Disruptors

TedMed2014 Day 1: The Disruptors

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September 11, 2014

29 comments

Digital health, Entrepreneurs, Innovation/innovative companies, Patient experience:

Almost everyone agrees that healthcare in the US is a mess. Four Day1 TedMed2014 speakers presented disruptions that could really shake things up.

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Will 2015 be mHealth’s Coming Out Party?

Will 2015 be mHealth’s Coming Out Party?

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September 11, 2014

4 comments

IT:

First the words of caution. My friend Nancy used to tell me she hated to be the skunk at the picnic, and those words ring true here. But allow me a couple of comments contrary to all of the enthusiasm.

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Bradley Flansbaum, MD

Who Is The Most Productive Hospitalist In The Country? Guess What. It’s Not You.

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September 10, 2014

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PROVIDERS:

Unlike other specialties, we do not have a unique billing identifier. Without the information, we cannot easily interrogate the database and view the patterns of the more than 40,000 hospital-based practitioners within our healthcare system. The absence of such a feature creates gaps in our learning. And as they say, you can’t manage what you can’t measure.

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Joan Rivers - she made us laugh for years

Four Lessons Learned from the Death of Joan Rivers

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September 9, 2014

15 comments

Medical Error, Patient Safety:

What can we learn from Joan Rivers death that can help others better prepare for safe medical procedures? An anesthesiologist and patient safety advocates respond.

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David Harlow, host of HealthBlawg

Massive data breach. Time for sports analogies?

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September 9, 2014

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POLICY:

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records and earned CHS a prominent spot on the Wall of Shame, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.

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Technology & Innovation

TedMed2014 Day 1:  The Disruptors

TedMed2014 Day 1: The Disruptors

September 11, 2014 29 comments

Almost everyone agrees that healthcare in the US is a mess. Four Day1 TedMed2014 speakers presented disruptions that could really shake things up.

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Politics & Policy

David Harlow, host of HealthBlawg

Massive data breach. Time for sports analogies?

September 9, 2014 1 comment

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records and earned CHS a prominent spot on the Wall of Shame, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.

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