Tag: Mayo Clinic

  • Concussions in children

    Football season is upon us again, so it’s time to think about sports injuries. We frequently have children admitted to the PICU (or to what we call the intermediate or step-down unit) for observation, typically overnight, who have struck their head. They have had concussions. What is a concussion, and what does it mean for…

  • What’s the electronic medical record (EMR) really for, anyway?

    This is a cross-post of an item I wrote for Maggie Mahar’s excellent heathcare blog, Healthbeat The electronic medical record, the EMR, is upon us. For those of us who learned medicine entirely with paper charts, some have enthusiastically embraced the EMR and some have refused, to the extent they can, to deal with it…

  • How should doctors be paid?

    Most doctors are paid by some version of how they have always been paid–what is loosely called “fee for service.” The notion is simple: the doctor gets paid for each encounter with a patient, whether this is an office visit or a major surgical operation. Thus the more the doctor does, the more he gets…

  • Online sources of medical information

    The internet has millions of bits of information, and some of it is even true. There are thousands upon thousands of blogs like this one; the only real way you can judge the truth of what I’m telling you, short of checking everything I write, is to either accept (or not) the weight of my…

  • Confidentiality for a celebrity's health records

    All of us have the expectation that our medical records, those personal things about us and our families, are safe from prying eyes. Federal law (HIPAA) protects our privacy and mandates quite strict standards, leading to all those forms you have to sign when you go to the doctor. In these days of the electronic…

  • Confidentiality for a celebrity’s health records

    All of us have the expectation that our medical records, those personal things about us and our families, are safe from prying eyes. Federal law (HIPAA) protects our privacy and mandates quite strict standards, leading to all those forms you have to sign when you go to the doctor. In these days of the electronic…