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Advice for Incoming Medical Interns

Advice for Incoming Medical Interns

Being one week away from completing my internship year is one of the most exciting feelings. A lot has changed in the last 5 years to make internship more bearable. While it is a challenging year no matter what you are specializing in, it is a year that will go faster than you think.  ...
The UK wants Digital Health Now! The King’s Fund International Digital Health and Care Congress

The UK wants Digital Health Now! The King’s Fund International Digital Health and Care Congress

On September 10-12, The King’s Fund invites international stakeholders to UK’s healthcare industry table for the “International Digital Health and Care Congress”, in order to teach how big the opportunity for digital health really is. The event’s focus on innovations in digital health, mobile health, telehealth and telecare comes at a time when large tech corporates decide...
How Doctors' Failures Will Lead To Social Unrest

How Doctors’ Failures Will Lead To Social Unrest

The cost of health care is contributing to the social unrest we’re seeing all around the world and doctors are utterly failing to respond. Those were the two things I learnt last week at the biennial gathering of people working in the health insurance industry, a meeting that I was lucky enough to speak at.Industrialised nations have a record...
How Audio & Visual Mnemonics Are Transforming How We Learn

How Audio & Visual Mnemonics Are Transforming How We Learn

Medical school is the best, worst learning environment. Medical students around the country are completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information they need to master in just a short amount of time. This burden of conquering vast amounts of information and accepting an inordinate amount of responsibility quickly causes all kinds of problems for...
Bringing South Africa Out Of Darkness

Bringing South Africa Out Of Darkness

During my rotation in Opthalmology at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Pretoria Eye Institute in South Africa, I noticed that a large percentage of the patients that were operated on as well as those seen in the clinics were suffering from cataract-induced blindness. My thought about how detrimental such a disease is for patients:...
An Electronic Medical Record System Tool for Homeless, With Check List

An Electronic Medical Record System Tool for Homeless, With Check List

Everything is going electronic these days.   Most hospitals and community clinics are switching over to electronic medical record (EMR) systems for patient charts as well as other administrative management in the health system. Ritika Goel, a family physician working at the Inner City Health Team in Toronto, Canada, has been pouring efforts into developing...
How Fred Wilson’s Megatrends Are Transforming Healthcare

How Fred Wilson’s Megatrends Are Transforming Healthcare

In 2010, eight nerdy college students took a simple card game they created (now known as Cards Against Humanity) to a platform called Kickstarter. They set a goal of raising $4,000 – hoping to make just enough to create professional prints of their game to sell. They surpassed their goal by more than $10,000 and...
A Virtual History: Connecting With Realities Of Healthcare

A Virtual History: Connecting With Realities Of Healthcare

Every Virtual Reality (VR) fan knows the story of how in the mid 1950s a cinematographer Morton Heilig built the Sensorama that tried to embed movie-goers into the environment of the movie by using various theatrical equipment (moving chairs, fans, aroma emitters.) Concepts of interactivity, immersion, and representation are part of the core of VR...
How Social Media is Disrupting Healthcare (And What to Do About It)

How Social Media is Disrupting Healthcare (And What to Do About It)

90 percent of respondents from 18-24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks. The initial point of proactive research that people are now doing online was christened the Zero Moment of Truth by Google, and it’s absolutely critical in today’s marketing environment. New technology is...
Where Are The Creative Doctors?

Where Are The Creative Doctors?

Just as we delight in how ancient kung-fu masters took  inspiration from movements of animals such as the praying mantis, the crane (panda?), I was amazed by how an Argentinean car mechanic was inspired from a tool used to pull wine corks out of a bottle to invent something entirely out of his field: a...
Turning Patients Onto Webcams

Turning Patients Onto Webcams

“Dear patient, you can now turn on your webcam” Video consultation startup, HealthQuo, presents a business model that is both customisable and scalable. Is this the start of a new era where going to your doctor means going online? The UK government has just announced plans for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm...
Cape Town Piloting Canadian Technology

Cape Town Piloting Canadian Technology

  I recently commented on a friend’s very interesting photo. It showed a group of doctors around a patient’s bed all holding iPad Mini’s while they digitally document their decisions. The photo caption mentioned how truly amazing this whole experience was for her. My friend is an Intern doctor at one of the most well...