Physicians Have Control Over Their Own Practice, Even if It Doesn’t Feel That Way

For many in health care, looking up from the frontline can be like looking up at the surface of the water from 500 feet under the ocean. But balancing the demands on us—our time, our energy, our resources—can be done. We have the option of running healthy practices, financially, and doing more of what we […] Continue Reading

We need more than incremental change in the practice of medicine

We will never turn back the clock in medicine, nor do most of us really want that. There’s a logical, powerful evolution for how we practice medicine today, even those things causing the greatest dissatisfaction. But we also can’t keep asking how to make some things incrementally better. That won’t lead to effective change that […] Continue Reading

Digital health in the real world—healthy skepticism and great aspirations

“Right now, on my left wrist is a wearable. Does it make me healthier? Does it improve my relationship with my doctor?” These questions and a few other meaningful inquiries should drive the conversations we’re having about wearables, patient access to health data, remote health services and other health-tech industry darlings. The challenge we’re facing […] Continue Reading

What Do We Really Value in Medicine?

This fundamental question about medicine can get lost in all of our discussions about healthcare. And nowhere are we losing sight of it more than in our efforts to measure quality and pay on value. If what we want is high-quality care from highly motivated physicians that creates great outcomes, we need to look at […] Continue Reading

Doctors loathe their EHRs, right? Not these physicians

Amid the uproar about how hard electronic health records can be to use, a small contingency of doctors are saying the software has made them much better caregivers. EHR dissatisfaction is rampant. Doctors complain about too many clicks and unusable interfaces, to name just two common issues. Health IT pros and clinicians hear and read […] Continue Reading

Millennials Entering the Workforce will Spur EHR Redesign

Millennials are accustomed to more of an Amazon-elegance in their systems. As just about everyone knows by now, perhaps the most frequently discussed topic in health IT circles for the past year has been how electronic health records (EHRs) and other technology have contributed to physician burnout. This has been a major area of concern […] Continue Reading

What happens behind the curtain in healthcare

As a patient, understanding what happens “behind the curtain” can help you better cope with modern healthcare realities. In this conversation with Kathryn Zox, I outline the essentials that we should all know, and that will help us each contribute to positive change. Listen to the interview Continue Reading

The Art of Medicine Is on Life Support, and That’s Bad for All of Us

At the front lines of medicine—where physicians, patients, and practices meet to heal injury and illness—frustration is rampant. As the art of medicine slips down the totem pole, the things that can make medicine more rewarding and more effective fall with it. It doesn’t have to be this way. We all have the power to […] Continue Reading