September 2008

The Ratings Game

September 16, 2008

Feature Articles

The rise of social networking websites that encourage patients to rate their physicians and discuss their experiences has some practitioners worried about the damage a malicious review could do to their practice.

The EAR Party's End

September 16, 2008

Cover Story

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems hold great promise. However, like many new technologies, the difficulty of achieving EHRs' promise has been vastly underestimated, as have the risks. The current national initiatives pushing for widespread EHR implementation may be leading us into an unmapped minefield.

Expert Medical Witnesses: Should You Get Involved? We Plead the Fifth

September 16, 2008

Feature Articles

Many physicians are skeptical about getting involved in the practice, and rightfully so. Sermo and other online physician communities are rife with posts and comments from physicians who know colleagues who have stretched the truth or even lied on the stand because of personal beliefs or compensation.

Tech Talk: The Contract You Never Read

September 16, 2008

Columns

One of the most important legal documents in your practice may have a significant impact on your finances. And even though you (or someone in your practice) agreed to abide by its terms and conditions, it's highly likely that you have never even read it.

Social Media Notebook: Get on Board the Health Internet Train

September 16, 2008

Columns

According to an article published in the June 17, 2008 edition of the New York Times, declining reimbursements, managed care, physician shortages (especially in primary care), and concerns about malpractice are contributing to doctors’ discontent.

Split Personalities: Dr. Ironman

August 15, 2008

Pulse

Dr. Jeff Shilt is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and multiple Ironman finisher. Having raced in nine Ironman-distance triathlons and qualified for the World Championships in Hawaii in both the International Triathlon Union and Ironman distance.