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My political comment for the year…

I will always remember 9/11/01 … I was running FCG’s software development office in Washington, DC and we had a project that was winding down in WTC Tower 2. It took most of the day to make sure everyone on our team and their families were accounted for and all were safe in DC and NYC. Though I know many that had loved ones in the towers or on planes that did not make it…

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – stop the bipartisan bitching, fighting and total lack of working together that has occurred since that day… not just our politicians, all of us including my friends on Facebook… our country has lost so much since then, not because of terrorists, but because we Americans are not working together to solve our problems. We can’t wait to criticize our Presidents, Congress and others but is anybody really putting forth good solutions and then using diplomacy to implement them????

If you don’t like our Policy on <whatever> , suggest a better solution and do something about it! With social media today, you have as big a voice as you ever had.

As one of my favorite radio characters Earl Pitts puts it… “Wake up America!!!!”

Let’s make the USA great again!!!

…. dismounting soapbox for another year….

Photo Credit: Getty via Huffington Post

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Doctors on the Small Screen

by Joe Lavelle on March 19, 2013

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In my writing on the exploding career opportunities within the world of health IT, I may focus on the ways in which doctors can use social media to communicate with patients or people can use a smartphone app to keep track of their prescription intake or lives can be saved as primary care physicians enjoy critical record sharing with specialists.  These topics are certainly important.  But, rightfully so, many are worried about the chance that greater technology in medicine could equate to diminishing humanity in those vital doctor-patient relationships.

With that hesitation in mind, I thought I would dedicate an article to thinking about some of those fictional doctors from the small screen.  What can they teach us about how to communicate with patients?  Here are a few that came to mind:

Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show

Dr. Frasier Crane from Cheers and Frasier

Doogie Howser, MD from . . . well, the show of the same name

The entire cast of ER . . . and Grey’s Anatomy . . . and St. Elsewhere . . . and House . . . and Scrubs . . . and M*A*S*H

Do you want the funny doctor who can tell stories about his five kids and make jokes about how your husband won’t be able to handle what happens in the delivery room?  Or the unusually handsome doctor who seems somewhat distracted by his personal life all the time?  Maybe the physician with the brilliant mind who can diagnosis your symptoms when everyone else in the hospital seems stumped but who isn’t going to hold your hand and speak with compassion when sharing the news?

I know that actors on a television show cannot replicate the challenging set of circumstances that real doctors face every day in their line of work, but I simply offer up this post as an exercise in diversion.  So, I turn it to you.  If you could make an appointment with any fictional doctor, who would be getting that phone call and why?

 

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Leadership is Not So Easy

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Book Review: Out Executing the Competition

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Lunch Matters

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On a typical day at work, what do you normally do for lunch?  Do you tend to grab something that you can eat out of a bag from the fast food place down the street from your office?  Or, are you someone who brings a lunch from home and, if so, is that homemade lunch […]

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Making Entrepreneurs Out of Employees

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When you think about the entrepreneurs that operate within a corporation, perhaps you don’t automatically think about the guy in accounting who works four cubicles down from you.  The word “entrepreneur” invokes images of Bill Gates or Donald Trump or another titan of the business world to whom the world looks for innovation and leadership advice.  But, […]

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Time to Harvest

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Whether or not the temperatures on the thermostat or leaves on the trees look like it, autumn is officially here.  The time has come for trips with the kids to the pumpkin patch, the annual influx of candy corn at every local drug store, and maybe even the opportunity for a bonfire with friends on […]

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