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How Internet searches for medical info are improving, and what the future holds for health care

A few years ago we ran a post called Should You Be Worried About Dr. Google? In 2017, the question has changed to: Why Haven’t You Embraced Dr. Google? Health-related Internet searches aren’t going anywhere. According to Google, which has an estimated 1.6 billion unique monthly visitors, “roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom-related.”Read More

Health care quality measures have raised concern among doctors – but technology could change that

As recently as a decade ago, many doctors didn’t think the quality of their care could be measured. “Any attempt to do so was ‘bean counting’ folly at best or destructive and dangerous at worst,” wrote internist and Harvard professor and health policy researcher Ashish Jha on his blog. Since then, however, we have seen a “sea change,” he noted.Read More

In the midst of an opioid epidemic, doctor-patient communication is more important than ever

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the CDC, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose; nearly half of those deaths involve a prescription opioid. Prescription opioids and heroin combined killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record.Read More

How environmental changes such as UV radiation and air pollution are impacting our eyes

For all the discussion and debate about climate change, one aspect should concern all of us: its impact on eye health. The link between our eyes and the environment is clear to anyone who suffers from or treats ocular allergies. Environmental factors play a role in dry eye disease, as well.Read More

Is your patient education making you look bad? New study reveals impact on patient perception

Substantial research has been done to evaluate what types and methods of patient education are most easily understood by health care consumers. While comprehension is certainly important, it’s not the only measure of educational materials’ impact. Ultimately, patient education has the power to affect health outcomes and patient experience—and even whether patients will refer friends and family to their doctor.Read More