Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival

The “Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival” is a weekly summary of the best posts from medical blogs. Feel free to send your suggestions to my email at Best of Medical Blogs (BMB) is published every Tuesday, just like the old Grand Rounds.

The Most Hopeful Job in the World

From Craig Canapari, MD: His "academic achievement would be impressive in anyone. But when you realize that he could not even pick up a pencil, this is really stunning."

Setting an Example: Eating Well

The “classic” fare of residency (donuts or muffins for breakfast, pizza for lunch, and some fast food on the way home) doesn’t really give you much credibility when you are talking to patients.

10 Ways to Make EMR Meaningful and Useful 

From Dr. Rob Lamberts

- Require all visits to have a simple summary.
- Allow coding gibberish to be hidden.
- Require all ancillary reports to be available to the patient.
- Require integration with a comprehensive and unified patient calendar.
- Put most of the chart in the hands of the patient.
- Pay for e-visits and make them simple for all involved.
- Allow e-prescription of all controlled drugs.
- Require patients’ records to be easily searchable.
- Standardize database nomenclature and decentralize it.
- Outlaw faxing.

Bedside manner in the days of EHR

The $47 billion Kaiser Permanente managed healthcare company has even gone so far as to develop a training methodology for EHR etiquette. It's designed to teach practitioners how to both use electronic tools and be aware there's a patient in the room.

Called LEVEL, it has five steps:

L -- Let the patient look on
E -- Eye contact
V -- Value the computer
E -- Explain what you’re doing
L -- Log off

Electronic health records changing the character of the family doctor

Are Olympic athletes superhuman? BMJ readers comment:

The Colonoscopy Experience of a Healthcare CIO

Fauquier ENT Blog: How Can Nasal Obstruction CAUSE Clogged Ears?

Hospitals, Social Media and Compliance - an excellent presentation by Ed Bennett from the blog Found In Cache

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