Searching for Health Information Online (Part 2)
In part 1, I introduced ways of searching for health information online and discussed Healthline's approach and its innovative use of HealthMaps. In this post I'll discuss MedlinePlus.MedlinePlus.gov is a service of the National Library of Medicin...
10,000 Steps and Digital Pedometers
Most people find it difficult to make time to exercise, but exercising -- or at least, avoiding being sedentary -- is essential for weight loss and overall health. When I counsel patients on weight loss, I initially recommend small incremental cha...
My Interview With Google Discussing Google Book Search
Google interviewed me a few weeks ago about Google Book Search -- why it's innovative and how doctors can use it. The 2 minute video is posted on The Efficient MD.
Thoughts on Patient-Physician Email (Part 1)
I'm a believer in patient-physician email communication. Let's face it -- just about every profession has enthusiastically adopted email as a rapid, non-interrupting, easily documented form of communication -- so why hasn't medicine?There are many...
Health 2.0 Conference Updates
Image by Joi via FlickrThe Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco is underway. For those of you who aren't attending — like myself — I've complied a list of resources to help you follow the action from afar. Of course, Even if you are attending, y...
Jay Parkinson, Myca, and Hello Hello Health Watch
I previously wrote about Dr. Jay Parkinson on Tech Medicine. He runs an innovative practice, primarily for the uninsured, involving housecalls and the integral use of email and instant messaging to facilitate communication with patients.In associa...
Heath Ledger's Drug Interactions
According to the Chief Medical Examiner of New York, Heath Ledger "died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), diazepam (Valium), temazepam (Restoril), alprazolam (Xanax), and do...
Intel Mobile PC Platform To Help Healthcare Providers Only If It Fits Our Workflow
Intel recently announced a partnership with Mobile Computing detailing their mobile computing platform, which it claims will improve patient safety and healthcare provider efficiency. It will do so by providing a toteable tablet sized portable com...
The Problem with EMRs in the United States
Image via WikipediaDr. Kevin Pho, the medical blogger who writes Kevin, MD, recently wrote an op-ed piece in USA Today about electronic medical records (EMRs). It's worth reading and tackles an important issue. Specifically, Kevin bemoaned the lac...
4 Patients Can't Breathe Due To Botulism Contamination
More on this when I'm not so beat: 4 patients are paralyzed and dependent on a ventilator to make them breathe after suffering from the toxic effects of Botulism toxin traced back to unrefrigerated Bolthouse Farms carrot juice:The carrot juice con...