Rising Anger Among Consumers, Doctors On Over-utilization And Access To Medical Records

Posted On : March 31, 2015,   Time : 9:41 pm

There is a rising concern -- and anger -- among some patients and members of the medical community over the over-utilization of healthcare services and the difficulty some patients have in accessing their medical records. That’s led to a new movement known as “Right Care, Right Now,” which is being advocated by the Boston-based Lown Institute. The organization drew more than 300 attendees at a recent conference in San Diego, HealthLeaders magazine reported. They included not only doctors frustrated by what they see as over-utilization of healthcare services driven by financial considerations, but patients who say they have difficulty communicating with their providers and even obtaining their most basic medical information.

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Second Opinions Are Critical In Properly Diagnosing, Treating Cancer

Posted On : March 24, 2015,   Time : 9:49 pm

If you have a diagnosis of cancer, you should get a second opinion. That’s the conclusion of Judy Smith, M.D., chief oncologist for Spectrum Health, one of the largest hospital systems in the Midwest. "When you shop for a car or a house, you visit more than one," Smith recently told the Grand Rapids Press. "With a cancer diagnosis, you need to take a big breath and step back. It is critical you understand your diagnosis, your treatment options and the risks and benefits of each. Getting cancer treated correctly is critical to survival. You don't get a do-over. You have to get it right the first time. You never want to look back and 'what if?” According to Smith, second opinions provide an additi

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SecondOpinionExpert Launches eHealth Record Mobile App

Posted On : March 18, 2015,   Time : 9:38 am

SecondOpinionExpert Launches eHealth Record Mobile App   Available On iPhone, iPad and Android Devices March 17, 2015, DANA POINT, Calif. -- SecondOpinionExpert, a leading provider of online medical second opinions, has expanded its unique platform by launching an electronic health record mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. “This app increases patients control over medical information and records. Unlike other personal health records apps, ours allows patients to not only easily share medical records with their physicians and family, but also receive physician feedback directly through the app” The mobile app provides access to SecondOpinionExpert’s

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Tropical Disease Could Be Misdiagnosed As Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted On : February 23, 2015,   Time : 8:14 am

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have warned that an infection of the South American tropical disease Chikungunya could be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. Both Chikungunya and rheumatoid arthritis share some similar symptoms, but they manifest in different ways. “On physical exams, both conditions can have swelling of and around the joints. However, the Chikungunya virus tends to affect more large joints, such as the knee, as opposed to (rheumatoid arthritis), which more commonly affects the joints of the hands and feet initially,” said Adam Dore, M.D.,

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Patients May Be Too Reluctant To Get Second Opinions

Posted On : February 15, 2015,   Time : 10:31 pm

Do enough patients obtain second opinions when they’re necessary? Writer Jerry Gianciolo doesn’t think so. In a recent opinion article in the Boston Globe, he discussed accompanying a friend to visit a cardiologist who had complaints of pain in his chest. The cardiologist immediately recommended an angioplasty without seeing the results of an angiogram. When Gianciolo suggested the friend seek a second opinion, the friend declined to do so. “Regardless of education level, Americans instinctively trust the accuracy of their doctor’s advice even when, as in this case, the internist is a stranger,” he wrote. Gianciolo cited a study by the non-profit Patient Advocate Foundation concluding that when patients sought a second opinion, it was different from the initial diagnosis 30 pe

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