Communication without borders

G. Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” It’s no secret that communication between health care providers is far from where it needs to be. Just to grasp the magnitude – look at the 2009 cross-sectional study of Medicare claims data by Pham et […]

Physicians: Mobile communication saves lives

With the number of serious medical errors on the rise due to miscommunication between health care providers, it is shocking that there has been little meaningful change in this area in the past decade. Few changes would lower medical costs and improve health outcomes like opening communication between physicians. The Joint Commission has estimated that […]

HIPAA-compliant vs. HIPAA-secure in mobile health technology

This terminology is undergoing a bit of a revamp as the subtleties come into question. Simply put, HIPAA-compliant is an action, and HIPAA-secure is an adjective. Compliance includes active, on-going choices that a physician (or other covered entity) makes in order to keep protected health information (PHI) safe. It is the covered entity’s responsibility to […]

Leaps of faith

When Engineer Carl Ritter von Ghega began work on the devastatingly steep stretch of track in the Austrian Alps in the mid 1850’s, there was not even a train in existence that could handle such steep terrain – but he knew it would come one day. From a technology standpoint, DocbookMD has taken a similar […]

New year, new era in medicine

Hello 2013, goodbye old technology. Will this be the year that the merits of digital technology in medicine are finally realized financially? Not many can predict where healthcare is headed, but it does seem clear that the age of paper and face-to-face meetings are slowly becoming things of the past. Items once indispensable to me […]

Holiday shopping for the doctor who has everything

With the holiday season upon us, many are thinking of new gadgets as gifts, or for ourselves. The smartphone and tablet market has never been so closely watched as now, and with the competition between Google and Apple products, no one is more interested in the latest trends than those who program for their devices. […]

Technology with humanity

The recent 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington, DC last week had the tech world buzzing about the next innovations that will change healthcare forever. What exactly are those on the cutting edge of mobile health information technology looking for – or offering – this year? As a physician, I hope they are focused not just […]

On being thankful

Mother Theresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” I can’t help but reflect today on the many things to be thankful for in this life – but today I reflect on those who I see making ripples. It is not […]

Medical Technology Innovation: Are we answering the wrong question?

Sure, we’re late adopters. Most docs would probably be happy to continue to carry the same brick-sized mobile phone, or row of pagers if it meant they could continue to focus on providing the best patient care. Keeping up with the latest in our field, cutting edge research and standards of care generally drives us […]