Category: Providers Perspective

Dr. Lawrence Weed, Pioneer in Recording Patient Data, Dies at 93

Dr. Lawrence L. Weed, who created a system for organizing patient information that is used all over the world, at a lecture in 1971. CreditVisualDX Dr. Lawrence L. Weed, who introduced a system for organizing patient data in the 1950s

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Sloppy Citations of 1980 Letter Led To Opioid Epidemic

A one-paragraph letter, barely a hundred words long, unwittingly became a major contributor to today’s opioid crisis, researchers say. “This has recently been a matter of a lot of angst for me,” Dr. Hershel Jick, co-author of that letter, told

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A new doctor discovers the ‘gritty’ downside of modern medicine

I arrived at the hospital, white coat and stethoscope in hand. It was my first day as a doctor, and I was filled with a nervous mix of optimism and excitement. I walked up to the medicine team room, entered

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A lifetime in emergency medicine: Meet Flossmoor’s Dr. Bernie

For two generations, south suburban paramedics and other medical professionals have known him as “Dr. Bernie.” Dr. Bernard Heilicser is an emergency room physician, a teacher, an expert in medical ethics and an active volunteer member of the Flossmoor Fire

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ER nurses are leaving. Patient satisfaction is a major reason why.

I have been an emergency physician for 12 years.  I have had the opportunity to learn from and try to emulate an impressive number of amazing clinical physicians.  These doctors seemed god-like at first, but as my training and career

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How much are patients to blame for ER overuse?

The U.S. rings the bell on health care spending, and some point fingers at patients themselves. But why do patients choose the paths they choose? Just about every shift, I and my coworkers shake our heads, and wonder what may

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Cuban doctors drive cabs and work abroad to compensate for meager pay

HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at Cuba’s premier cardiovascular hospital, performed heart

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A ‘civil war’ over painkillers rips apart the medical community

PALO ALTO, Calif. — For Thomas P. Yacoe, the word is “terrifying.” Leah Hemberry describes it as “constant fear.” For Michael Tausig Jr., the terror is “beyond description.” All three are patients struggling with chronic pain, but what they are

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Can big data help cancer patients avoid ER visits? — ScienceDaily

What if doctors could look into a crystal ball and predict which of their patients might be at risk of getting sick enough to go to the emergency room? What if they could use that prediction to help patients get

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Expanding the Emergency Room Model: ‘Central Care System’ Could Help Americans Gain Universal Health Care Access | The Huffington Post

By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD — There are many reasons why emergency rooms are dangerously overcrowded. With millions of Americans lacking adequate access to primary care providers, emergency rooms have become the primary health care system and safety net for

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