Patient Portals – What Do Patients Really Think About Them?

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There seems to be an inverse relationship between the amount of spin one hears about “the next big thing”…and reality.    First it was EMRs and virtual e-visits, then social media, and now patient portals seem poised to be next big thing.   The drumbeat of vendors and pundits is unmistakable….physician that don’t adapt will be toast.   […]

tient Lack Of Time And Reimbursement – Is That Why Physicians Don’t Do a Better Job Communicating With Patients?

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“I don’t have the time to talk to patients…I don’t get reimbursed for that.”  This is an all too common refrain from primary care physicians and practice managers when ever the subject of improving physician-patient communications comes up. I get it.   Primary care physicians in particular are under tremendous pressure to produce.   Just imagine…physicians in […]

Maybe We Need A National “Change Your Doctor Day”?

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Come  on people…you know what I am talking about.  Sure you are comfortable with your current doctor…after all you are still alive and kicking.  Besides it has taken you years to figure out what you can safely tell your doctor and when it’s ok to speak up.  Yes the fact that your doctor is often […]