Let’s Make Medical Technology Real for the iPatient/Consumer

I read a great article about the use of technology by hospitals and how it can help consumers. http://careandcost.com/2012/03/07/technology-aetna-itriage-and-the-future-of-medicine/ I have been interested in this area since 1995 when I was working in a rural health clinic in New Mexico.  At that time, the University of New Mexico was developing a video hook up system…

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Travel and Eats: Hints for Airline Travel in a Wheelchair

Linda Winkler Garvin is a guest blogger .  This article is great information for anyone wheelchair bound traveling by air. Having assisted my parents with their airport travel, I frequently came across a few issues from ordering a wheelchair in the airport, to going through security, which taught me to be as prepared as possible…

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Who Owns Your Medical Records?

You might be thinking isn’t that a redundant questions since my records are about me?  I wish it were so simple.  Technically, your medical records are yours to access.  The HIPAA law was supposed to provide easier accessibility.  Unfortunately, I find this is not the case. What the HIPAA law has done is give the…

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The Medical Record:A Suggestion for Accessibility.

Medical records accessibility seem to create great angst with many providers.  I find myself wondering about this issue when a client experiences resistance when requesting a copy or viewing of records.  The common refrain from the provider is the invoking of the HIPAA law.  The same law that gives the patient the right to see…

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The Amazing Caregiver: A Short Story of Commitment

Being a caregiver for a chronically ill person is a full time job.  It can take all of your emotional and physical energy.  If a caregiver is lucky enough or has the right insurance, there maybe some support in the home like a home health aid to assist with personal care. Caregivers never know what…

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