by SUBBARAO MYLA, MD
I view medicine as a team effort. Doctors, nurses, technicians, and patients work together to promote and improve health. Recently some new members have joined the team: My patients’ Fitbits, phones, and watches.
by DYLAN J. CHADWICK
In a changing medical landscape, physicians willing to invest in their practices are the ones who'll succeed. Though evolving technology and its subsequent improvements in patient care have brought substantial changes to the medical sector, an era of economic uncertainty and fiscal instability may wring just as prescient an effect. According to an article by Ben Brown, MD, reductions in Medicare contract payments (some as much as 21.3%) and physician reimbursements from insurers might result in critical decreases in physician salaries, medical profits and general revenue for a practice. What proves even more concerning for physicians and patients alike, is a present medical landscape of high healthcare costs, an ever-increasing need for healthcare options and diminishing resources. Furthermore, caring physicians want to be effective providers for their patients, but they also want the appreciation and financial compensation for their profession demands.
by DYLAN J. CHADWICK
“When will we wise up and stop calling the tiny computers in our pockets ‘phones?’” sighs the distraught geek on the internet, in your office, or on your Facebook timeline. Of course he’s absolutely right about it, even if a little bit prosaic. The “phone” function of our smartphones really only accounts for a small fraction of its total functionality, and NO ONE needs to comment on the ubiquity of these things anymore. Our pocket computers can do most everything our desktop and laptop computers can, and they're uniquely portable and capable of transferring data across (nearly) infinite distances. These little devils also have a steady hand in constantly updating the way that virtually every occupation functions, sometimes just in the nuts and bolts and sometimes drastically.