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Lessons from Waiting Rooms

Lessons from Waiting Rooms

According to a 2010 survey, the average wait time in a general practitioner’s office is 20 minutes. And according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, most people think that’s too long. With that in mind, I looked at some other industries for ideas on how to improve satisfaction when it comes to long waits.

Survey: Patient Interactions with EMR/EHR Use


Physicians who have implemented an EMR sometimes complain that “instead of maintaining eye contact with my patient, I now have my nose buried in a computer.” We’d like to know how your EMR software has affected your patient interactions, and what strategies have worked for you. Please help us by completing this survey.

5 Rules for Taking a Vacation as a Solo-Practice Doctor

Solo Practitioner Vacation

It’s hard enough for any of us to consider taking a vacation in the current economic climate, let alone those of us responsible for the health of others. If you’re anything like the doctors I spoke with, you might actually be afraid to take a vacation. So, how do you do it, especially if you work alone?

5 Ways Doctors Can Use EMRs to Boost Profitability

Meaningful Use

With the rapid growth of the electronic medical records (EMR) market and the technological advances that have occurred since their introduction, we thought it was time to revisit the topic of how EMR software can improve the profitability of your practice. Here are five ways practices can use their EMRs to boost profitability.

Ionizing Your Online Reputation: Shifting Negative Reviews to Positive

Patient Room

What your patients are saying about you on the Internet can be critical to your practice’s success. These reviews constitute but one part of your overall online reputation–but they’re an important one. Since visitors tend to focus on the bad reviews more than the good, it’s important to look at all the feedback and address it appropriately.

Electronic Medical Records vs. Electronic Health Records: Revisited

EMR and EHR Search Frequency

Four years ago, we posed the questions, “Should you implement an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or an Electronic Health Record (EHR)? Do you know the difference? Is there a difference?” At that time, the digital medical records market was nascent and fragmented.

6 Steps Doctors Can Take to Join Earth Day 2012

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For this Earth Day–April 22nd–the designated theme is “Mobilize the Earth.” Why should physicians play a role in joining this commitment? Health benefits abound that are linked to engagement with the Earth’s natural environment. So do the health risks posed to this environment today by human development.

3 iPhone and iPad Medical Devices We’d Like to See

ipad medical peripherals

In the first part of this series we discussed cool new iPhone and iPad medical devices. These clever devices use simple plug-in peripherals to turn an iPhone or iPad into a full-fledged medical device. Since they can make accessing and understanding personal health data easier for patients, as you might

5 Medical Peripherals for the iPad or iPhone


The iPad and the iPhone are a huge hit thanks to their ease of use, mobility and Internet connectivity. The range of available apps has amazed all of us with the versatility of these devices. In health care, they can be turned into a wide range of medical devices with just a few simple add-ons and plug-ins.

5 Reasons the iPad Will Revolutionize Home Health


The iPad empowers home caregivers to provide kick-ass, compassionate, logistically efficient and accountable care at a lower cost. Apps built to run on iPads transform what a home care giver can do in her day, how effective she is at providing care, how much it costs her to do so, as well as the overall patient experience.

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