Moving to Quality

  Not very long ago the scarificator (shown above) was considered at the height of technology. With this device, it was easier to produce the healing effects that were widely known to come from blood-letting. Had there been health insurance companies at the time, I presume there would have been an acceptable billing and procedure…

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Be An Advocate

I have recently been reminded of how important it is for each of us to advocate for our loved ones. While we all expect that we will receive the absolute best care possible in our doctor’s office or the hospital, there can and are errors that happen every day. These errors are, almost entirely, unintentional….

Telehealth and Cost

While Telehealth certainly has plenty of detractors, studies are starting to show that such medical practices can truly be cheaper than standard medical practice (Telehealth Costs Seventy Percent Less). Granted, cheaper does not equal better. However, some is often better than none. Within the last week CMS has started to crack down on not-for-profit hospitals…

High Tech versus Low Tech Medicine

I entered into a discussion today on Twitter about the lack of patients being interested in or in need of high tech options for their health care. Somewhat ironic, I thought, that we were using such a high tech platform to hear some dismiss the capabilities of such platforms to be engaging. However, it does…

Medicine in the Social Media/Web 2.0 World

The profession of Medicine has always been slow to innovate and to change. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss promoted hand washing as a way to prevent or decrease the spread of infections in 1847. Despite no evidence of any harm, beyond the chafing of a few physician hands from harsh lye soap, his finding was widely critized…

Trekking Poles

Trekking poles, or their ancestors, have been around for as long as there have been people walking on two feet. From simple sticks used for support and balance, to graphite poles that telescope in and out and have internal springs, the concept is a relatively simple one… A third (or even fourth) point of contact…

Wilderness Doc takes to the airwaves!

Well, sort of. Getting started with a blog about Wilderness medicine and related topics. Please feel free to post any questions or suggestions. Always happy to have topics suggested. Check back frequently for new and exciting posts.