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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Dental Insurance Needs An Overhaul

I have two questions.  Why is dental care not considered part of healthcare insurance and why does dental insurance pay for almost nothing? I have never been clear why my teeth and oral health are not considered part of my body and covered under healthcare insurance.  Why aren’t dentists considered specialist under health insurance like…

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Boston Globe Gets It Right About Tiered Health Plans

On the front page of today’s Boston Globe, is an article on the new tiered health care plans being pushed on consumers.  Finally!  Since the day, I first found out about these plans I have been writing about the cost  and burden to the consumer. With these plans, providers and hospitals are rated by their…

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If Doctors Are The Only One’s Using The Title Doctor, Will it fix our Healthcare System?

The debate rages, fueled by the AMA’s fears and deep money pockets, to stop anyone else in the healthcare profession  from using the title “doctor” when introducing themselves in clinical settings. The battle has picked up steam because nurse practitioners are now required to have a doctorate in order to practice.  The AMA  and state…

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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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Slaying The Dragon:The Quest For A Timely Medical Appointment

One aspect of my job is helping clients get timely medical appointments.  It is not unusual to make a call and be told the next available appointment is in a month.  The other day, when trying to get a newly diagnosed breast cancer client an appointment to get started on treatment, I realized how increasingly…

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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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Be Alert: July in Hospitals Means A New Class Of Residents!

Every July , there is a new class of first time doctors starting their residency at every hospital in the country.  Residents are thrown into the fray and expected to act like doctors and make medical decisions.  They are overseen by attendings, who are second or third year residents.  The attendings are supervised by the…

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Patient Beware:Specialty Center Websites Can Be Deceiving

I was searching the web for a specialist for a client, a typical task for me.  In this healthcare climate, most specialists work at specialty centers or hospitals.  For instance, oncologists can be found at cancer centers, neurologists in specific disorder clinics and cardiologists in cardiology centers. In Boston, there are four major hospitals designated…

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