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The modern doctor: Care giver or data provider? (Best of MedCitizens)

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: MedCity News readers and syndication partners who discuss life science current events on MedCity News. Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say.

Every week, MedCity News highlights the best of its MedCitizens: MedCity News readers and syndication partners who discuss life science current events on MedCity News.

Now here’s the best of what YOU had to say:

Reimbursing doctors for clicking buttons will slowly destroy complex problem solving skills. “Doctors are losing their motivation to diagnose in favor of sitting at a computer. Doctors, I also dare say, are losing their skills in favor of sitting at a computer. Clicking buttons has such importance to health care systems that these performance measures are being linked, in part, to doctors’ salaries.”

Kaiser poll: Women are more likely to delay or skip medical care due to cost. “Underneath these numbers are even greater gaps between men and women. The largest differences in Mars and Venus in health care economics deal with relying on home remedies, where women do more healthcare DIY than men: 42% of women compared with 33% of men. In addition, putting off or postponing treatment due to cost is more prevalent among females, with 34% of women postponing care vs. 25% of men.”

American doctors should follow English lead and swap anti-depressants for CBT.Fewer than one-third of people taking a single antidepressant have seen a mental health professional in the past year. Among persons taking antidepressants, about 14% take more than one. Less than one-half of persons taking multiple antidepressants have seen a mental health professional in the past year. Among those taking multiple antidepressants, males are more likely than females to have seen a mental health professional in the past year.”

10 tips for getting the best ROI on a real-time location system in hospitals. “According to a recent survey by KLAS Research, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of hospitals use Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS), and most of them have deployed RTLS in the area of asset tracking and asset management. Based on the experience Intelligent InSites has with enterprise-wide RTLS solutions in hospitals, here is a list of top 10 things hospitals should do if they want to achieve a hard-dollar return on their investment.”

EMR – a drop in the bucket. “While EMRs have initiated the transition towards Accountable Care Organization (ACO), HIEs will undoubtedly help enforce these changes in the long run. HIEs help make care more accessible and as we move towards the connected care platform, professional information exchange will become a part of daily routine, helping physicians from all over the world in achieving better clinical outcomes.”

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