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    Katherine katen Moore

    I really like reading your column in the Times. I wish I could work with more MDs who think about things -- like you do.

    Katherine Katen Moore, MSN, ANP-C, AOCN


    Absolutely Pauline,

    It is nice to see some data about medical student and resident education incorporating practice management and social implications of medicine. I would add to that technology, innovation, emerging health 2.0 industry and participatory medicine to the pile here. In primary care it is of utmost importance that medical students and residents emerging from training understand the trends in third party reimbursements (decreasing), the trends in fixed costs of practice ( rising) and encourage use of emerging technologies to serve patients better. This includes emerging devices (ipad) emerging 3G/4G wireless, web SAAS platforms ( as opposed to traditional HIT licensing models) as well as ecommerce strategies ( as opposed to outdated billing software platforms)

    These young MD's in primary care have the potential to transform global healthcare delivery as we know it, using tech, content, community, social media tools.

    Primary Care Physicians have lost a lot of ground to emerging delivery models as Take Care Health and Minute Clinic. And we will continue to lose ground to " the internet" if we don't get in the game.

    Natalie Hodge MD FAAP
    Co-Founder Personal Medicine

    Stephanie Jewett, RN, MBA

    Excellent post and very good site! Stephanie

    Nayana Somaratna

    As a medical student, I received an excellent training in clinical medicine but little or no exposure to the social and economic side of things.

    I only started realizing how important these aspects of health care were once I started my career as a doctor.

    Even though most investigations and treatments might not cost much when taken individually, all of these add up to a large bill over time.

    I do think that it is possible to stress on the important of these aspects of healthcare during medical college.

    However, the maturity to understand and apply this knowledge is only likely to appear after they have become doctors.

    Nayana Somaratna, MBBS, BIT

    R. Winters

    Your article, "Nurses' Role in the Future of Health Care", is a good one that deserves attention, but one statement in it is not correct: "Nurses currently form the largest sector of health care providers...". In fact, with 6 million professionals, allied health providers outnumber nurses 2 to 1." Their future role in health care must also continue to expand.


    I like reading this page. As a medical doctor I understand all your feelings about poor patients.

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