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Highlights in Healthcare: Time for some revolutions

February 8, 2010

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and I have noticed a few things on the web that reek of revolution in medicine. Technology and policy always are being developed to better the healthcare industry, and right now there some excellent movements that inspire hope for our field.

Top Five stories of the last few weeks, in no specific order

  1. 10 Healthcare Industry takes on the iPad – see what top docs think of the iPad’s utility in a medical setting, from MobiHealth News
  2. Checklist Manifesto”: Healthcare reform rock star – Interview with Atul Gawande, New Yorker contributer and medical revolutionary, on
  3. Docs Talka blog about the environmental impact of healthcare (and the health impact of environment) at the David Suzuki Foundation
  4. Psychotherapy reduces repeat ER trips – an explanation of how a Halifax hospital helps patients understand the emotional-physical connect, reducing the number of repeat visits they make to the Emergency Department for things like panic attacks; this could reduce overall wait times, and make visits for the aforementioned patients much more satisfying.
  5. Presumed Consent for Organ Donation coming soon to India – a brief article in Indian Express explaining the potential for opt-out organ donation to alter the face of transplant medicine in a country with a sordid history of illegal organ harvesting and trade; the issue of framing organ donation in such a way is very exciting for me, and I’ll pursue it further in another blog post.
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  1. February 12, 2010 1:46 pm

    Totally OT, but interested to know how your hospital and the others in Vancouver and region are prepping for the HUGE influx of visitors/athletes?

    Also, any plans on attending events?

    • February 13, 2010 6:20 pm

      well we are not near Vancouver really, so no major changes

      Resident physicians in Vancouver have been told not to book vacation during this time; lots of extra staff are working to make sure every physical bed is a bed that a patient could lay in (not an empty but unstaffed bed). There are lots of medical volunteers with the games and they’ve brought in a lot of their own equipment for Whistler (including a mobile OR) and for the Althete’s Village.

      I never bought tickets in advance, though I had plenty of opportunity. unfortunately, most of the people I enjoy hanging out with do not have much disposable income, so it’s been a challenge to find a pal to attend events. there is plenty to do outside of the sports, so I’ll head to the city to experience the “vibe” next weekend.

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