Will Virtual Consults Solve the Provider Shortage?

I’ve attended several health conferences over the past couple of months and whether the conversations are about the Affordable Care Act allowing more people to get preventive care, using more home care instead of institutional care, or caring for our aging population, one topic that consistently comes up is the projected shortage of primary health […]

Healthcare, Empowerment, and the Digital Divide

A new survey just out by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics shows that higher income white women are the primary seekers of health information on the Internet.  I won’t bore you with the breakdown of all of the stats – you can read them here. What troubles me about this survey are the […]

Ambitious Health Goals for the Next Decade

Healthy People 2020 sets the national health bar high for the next decade

Making EHR meaningful

It’s no secret that our current healthcare system is a structure of “haves” and “have nots.” Racial and ethnic disparities in care have been well documented. This is especially true in access and treatment for diseases such as breast cancer. There are many reasons for this – genetic, cultural, socio-economic, access, and beliefs about preventive […]

Your Right to Privacy

As a consumer, you have certain rights when it comes to medical care.  The Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, better known as the Patient Bill of Rights has been around since 1998 – with three main objectives: ensure a fair and equitable healthcare system to meet patient needs;  this includes a means to address […]