A Better Pillbox from MIT
Researchers at MIT have built a better pillbox.The hurdles to taking medications are many. Patients forget their medications, purposefully don't take their medications, or accidentally take too much or too little. And sometimes, taking medications...
The Best of the Medical Blogosphere
Thanks to those of you who came and read Grand Rounds here last week. It was great to have so many visitors and bloggers who were inspired to post at their own sites.I wanted to holler out thanks to the host of this week's Grand Rounds for includ...
"How Doctors Think" Reviewed
I'm almost finished reading Dr. Jerome Groopman's book on medical mistakes, "How Doctors Think."Well, not reading, exactly. I'm listening to it as an audiobook from Audible.com on my iPhone. Audible provides audiobooks on a wide variety of topics,...
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.
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...
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...
Praise for Audiobooks and Audible.com
Five years ago, I thought Audible.com was surely doomed. With the proliferation of free podcasts -- including many medical podcasts -- how could a company selling downloadable audiobooks survive?I was wrong. A few months ago, I rediscovered Audibl...
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...
Review of Epocrates on the iPhone
Image by Josh Bancroft via FlickrA few weeks ago, I cataloged 22 types of medical applications we might see released for Apple’s iPhone. Number 1? A drug database. And on July 11th — along with the opening of the “App Store” on iTunes — Epocrates ...