On the Defense and Driving Up Costs

Malpractice claims in the United States are twice those of other developed countries such as England, Canada, and Germany. Payouts in a US claim can … [Read more...]

Saving the World with ICD-10 Codes

Thank goodness we made it to October! Finally ICD-10 codes have arrived, and we all have a new coding system in place for our patients and their … [Read more...]

Kim Kardashian, the FDA, and the Future of Online Medical Content

Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FDA has issued a warning letter to a pharmaceutical company concerning statements Kim Kardashian made … [Read more...]

Mammograms Matter. Let’s Open the Discussion.

The most recent draft of the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) new proposed breast cancer guidelines calls into question the … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Breadth in Public Health

The buzzwords many use in medicine today are "personalized," "individualized," or "targeted." Rather than doctors prescribing tests or treatments that … [Read more...]

Why We Must Better Support Women in Global Health

If you’ve worked in global health, you’ve seen it happening: the steady trickle of smart, talented women out of the field. The 34-year-old fellow … [Read more...]

Are Small Practices More Resilient Than We Think?

When I was in high school, a national hardware retailer opened a new franchise down the street from the mom-and-pop hardware store that had served my … [Read more...]

Empathy, Wellness, and Tech: Recapping Stanford’s Medicine X Conference

Medicine X has historically examined how social media, mobile-health devices, and other technologies influence the doctor-patient relationship. But … [Read more...]

What Color is My Pill, Doc? Using Technology to Improve Medication Compliance

We know that patient compliance with prescribed medications is critical to success in the treatment of any chronic disease. Last month, a new study … [Read more...]

It’s Time for Innovation in How We Pay for Medical School

There is a tremendous amount of handwringing among students, researchers, and medical school deans about the record amount of debt that medical … [Read more...]