Top THCB Blog Posts of the Last Two Weeks

What Will Tomorrow’s Doctor Look Like? (12)

What skills will doctors need to survive and succeed in the future? At this point pretty much everybody gets that they’ll need to be good with technology. But beyond that? This is what we know: tomorrow’s doctor will need to be comfortable dealing with e-patients armed with information. They’ll need to efficiently communicate and coordinate care with colleagues using new-fangled means. And oh yeah, lest we forget: they’ll need to adapt quickly and to a changing world on a regular basis. Just like everybody else.

Not Knowing What You Don’t Know (25)

The new thinking among many experts is that nurse practitioners and physicians assistants should take over many mundane day-to-day tasks to free up doctors for more important work. But many doctors remain violently opposed to the idea. Dinosaur MD offers a cautionary tale.

The HIT Job (44)

The New York Times investigation on the sketchy influence of federal money in health IT was inevitable from the moment Washington announced it would be paying incentives to drive electronic medical record adoption. Unfortunately, the newspaper’s hard-hitting reporting almost entirely misses the point, argues UCSF’s Bob Wachter.

The Other Scandal (47)

Sorry. The real scandal is the healthcare industry’s continued refusal to adopt electronic medical records and other new technologies that could revolutionize care and save tens thousands of lives every year. What’s really going on here? It turns out that the answer isn’t as straightforward as one might think.

Death of an Evangelist(33)

An early adopter of electronic medical records says enough already. This has gone on long enough. Better technology is indeed the answer. But we have just isn’t good enough. It’s time to roll up our shirt sleeves and get to work, argues Rob Lamberts.

Choosing Alternative Medicine (57)

Steve’s death was a hard one. Facing Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma he fought for life using every weapon he could lay his hands on. Herbal teas. Acupuncture. Mysterious elixirs. The one thing he didn’t try? Chemotherapy. With a growing number of patients choosing alternative therapies, the story is a familiar one.

Praying For Obamacare to Fail (49)

The Affordable Care Act is now the law of land. Looking for ways to obstruct implementation of the new healthcare law is becoming a cottage industry in some circles. And that’s a crying shame.

CommonWell Is a Shame and a Missed Opportunity (28)

One of the big stories coming out of HIMSS this year is a new star alliance featuring some of the biggest names in health IT. Adrian Gropper argues the effort misses the mark. And that’s a damn pity when real innovation is desperately needed.

Trickle Up Economics(7)

Facing Obamacare and other big changes – from new technologies to a generation of patients armed with new ideas – a surprising number of doctors are becoming innovators and builders of creative new business models. Rob Lamberts talks about the ways in which a little creative economic thinking is transforming his own practice and what the implications just might be for your business.

Can Health Care Transparency Make A Difference? (17)

Transparency may be one the most used buzzwords of our generation. But are new transparency initiatives really making a difference? Should we even be talking about transparency at all? Should we be talking about something else? Carnegie Mellon economist Martin Gaynor explains what’s going on.

Most Online Reviews Rate Doctors Highly. Really. (7)

The key to dealing with rating sites may be doing the one thing that many doctors fear the most: embracing the beast and encouraging patients to review their experiences online. A new study finds that contrary to what you may have suspected, the overwhelming majority of patient reviews are positive.

Are Price Controls the Answer? (47)

Steven Brill’s epic 24,105 word Time cover story on the dark side of hospital charges captured the insanity of the dark side of hospital charges. But are government price controls really the answer? Not so fast, argues Carnegie Mellon healthcare economist Martin Gaynor.

How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End Of Life Care (17)

As his mother lay dying Journalist Charles Ornstein faced a terrible decision. The experience helped shape his ideas about one of the most controversial areas in health care today.

How Doctors Think About New Technologies (12)

Much has been written about how doctors think. But how do they think about technology? Why do some promising new ideas catch on and others disappear from the scene without a trace? The answer tells us a lot.

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