What Is An E-Patient?

This post is written by Erica Moss, who is the community manager for the Masters in Nursing online program at Georgetown University, offering one of the nation’s leading nurse practitioner programs. Outside of work, she’s a dog lover who enjoys photography and meeting new people. The Internet is changing almost every aspect of our lives.…

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Why I Disagree With Dr Murray Feingold’s Medical Minute of April 2

I was listening to the WBZ 1030 Boston radio and the medical minute came on.  Dr Murray Feingold was doing a piece called “Understanding Your Doctor.” http://boston.cbslocal.com/medical-minutes/#.  Usually I like his segments but I was surprised and annoyed by his comments. In this minute, he discussed a study that examined communication between a doctor and patient.…

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Patient Safety: Speaking Up

Here’s a scenario everyone dreads when a loved one is in the hospital.  A family member, let’s call Joe, is admitted to the hospital for a routine/elective surgery like a knee replacement.  The surgeon has explained possible problems that can occur during surgery and the consent form is signed.  Joe has been asked his name…

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Getting Smart About Your Hospital Stay: Hand Washing

I currently have two patients that contacted me due to patient safety issues.  Both had problems as a result of post surgical infection while in the hospital.  The infections became life threatening and the families contacted me to assist them in getting proper care and getting answers. I want to give some very simple advise…

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Day 3:A Wish for Healthcare Change: Communication Of Wait Times

I would like medical practices and institutions to become accountable for long appoinment wait times.   I want real communication on any delays and don’t want to hear one more time, “The doctor is behind.”  I want to know, how long is the wait in real time not doctor time.  I am tired of scheduling…

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Day 2: Ten Days of a Wish for Change in The Healthcare System

Medical professionals as partners in my health I would like to see a change in the relationship between patient and doctor from transactional to transformational.  What I mean by this is, currently, doctors act more like managerial bureaucrats in a vast multi layered system.  We, as patients, access medical care disease focused and seek resolution…

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Doctor to Patient:Your Symptoms Are In Your Head

When medical professionals, whether primary care or specialists, cannot figure out a diagnosis and all standard diagnostic tests are normal, two things occur.  The patient will be asked if they have a counselor and then, a prescription for either an anti- depressant or anxiety medication is given.  The patient leaves  the room still experiencing the…

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