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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...
All the Things Working

All the Things Working

“Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy.” – Louis CK We speak so often about all the things that need to be “disrupted” in the healthcare system in order for it to work more efficiently. It’s true, there are vast and critical areas that need improvement. EMRs, insurance, billing, communication, design, transparency, research methodologies, patient-clinician collaboration, pharmaceuticals,...
Medicaid As A Catalyst For Community Change

Medicaid As A Catalyst For Community Change

In California, it’s a tale almost worthy of Hollywood.In 2008, Alex Briscoe, the Director of Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency, stood watching a demonstration against the police after the shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, by a white police officer.  He was there with the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical...
Re-Inventing The Medical School Classroom

Re-Inventing The Medical School Classroom

Much has been written about medical education in the last 10 years. There are exciting thoughts being communicated — many by leaders within the medical community. There is a missing link however in that within the current structure of education, few movements have been made to bring thoughts into action — radically changing the learning...
A Real Solution for Medication Non-Compliance

A Real Solution for Medication Non-Compliance

The management of a relatively straightforward disease like hypertension requires multiple parties to work together to achieve a common goal of reducing a patient’s cardiovascular risk. The physician requires the necessary medical acumen to accurately diagnose hypertension and any underlying causes. But most importantly, it requires significant understanding and effort on the side of the...
Health 2.0 Seattle: Strategic Partnerships

Health 2.0 Seattle: Strategic Partnerships

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Health 2.0 Seattle Recap: Health 2.0 Seattle is hosted by digital product studio Substantial. Its mission is to establish Seattle as a leader in healthcare innovation by facilitating dialogue among professionals from the local technology, life sciences, and global health industries. February This month’s panel discussion focused on...
Changing Cancer Diagnostics in South Africa

Changing Cancer Diagnostics in South Africa

Technology In March 2013 I was working in Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) in Pretoria. One of my patients had just been diagnosed with Lung Cancer and the professor who is the head of our unit asked me to book a PET-CT scan. I had no idea what that was but assumed that if I...
Discussing South African Healthcare

Discussing South African Healthcare

Discussing healthcare in South Africa usually ends up in a heated conversation. It is generally divided into two area’s: private and public sector. Those exposed to private sector complain about exorbitant fees, and those in the public sector complain about the lack of staff, equipment and patient volume overload which then results in ridiculously long...
How Can Google Glass Transform Medicine?: An Interview with Accenture Connected Health Services

How Can Google Glass Transform Medicine?: An Interview with Accenture Connected Health Services

Accenture’s recent Digital Consumer Tech Survey 2014 revealed a growing interest in wearable technology. That’s endorsed by the plethora of new wearable devices on show at this year’s CES. Typical are smart watches and also wearable smart glasses – the pioneer here, of course, being Google Glass. Glasses are particularly interesting to us here at...
The Medical Black Box

The Medical Black Box

A friend sent me  a podcast from RadioLab a few weeks ago. The topic was ‘black boxes’ and since he knew I was an anesthesiologist in the making, he thought I would find this one particularly interesting. I did. RadioLab Black Box Podcast How scientists and physicians have managed to put people to sleep or...