Medicine and Technology by Joseph Kim, MD, MPH Blog Posts

  • Get ready! April 4-10 Is National Public Health Week #NPHW #NPHWForum
    on Apr 4, 2016
    These days, one of the big buzzwords in the health IT community is "pop health" (short for population health). Well, public health and pop health are practically sisters! This week is National Public Health Week.Follow @PublicHealth for the late...
  • Happy Pi Day! 3.1416 (rounded)
    on Mar 14, 2016
    March 14 is a fun day for math enthusiasts who celebrate Pi (3.1416 - if you round up)!Trying to calculate the area of a circle? The circumference? You'll need Pi for those calculations.The admissions office at MIT is famous for handing out decisions...
  • Unwinding from HIMSS16
    on Mar 9, 2016
    I'm finally unwinding after having a great time at HIMSS 2016 (#HIMSS16). My personal highlight was participating in two Dell Healthcare Tweetups with @MandiBPro and @drnic1 as we chatted about some of the evolving trends in health care. We...
  • What is the best master's program for physicians? by @HealthcareWen
    on Feb 21, 2016
    This is a guest post by Wen Dombrowski, MD, MBA(A follow up previous post about Physicians Evolving Role in Health Care )I am frequently asked by physician leaders and other clinicians interested in nonclinical responsibilities "What is the bes...
  • National Wear Red Day #GoRedForWomen
    on Feb 5, 2016
    Today is National Wear Red Day. Are you wearing red?Here's some history about this day:In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,00...
  • #IMSH2016 CAE Healthcare launches neurosurgery simulator with National Research Council of Canada
    on Jan 18, 2016
    2016 is going to be the year of where Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies make a dramatic impact in health care education, training, and delivery.The term "simulation" is going to be a buzzword as the medical educat...
  • CoC Oncology Medical Home Accreditation Pilot Program
    on Dec 11, 2015
    The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has an Oncology Medical Home (OMH) Accreditation Pilot Program and plans to pilot this accreditation process in 50 oncology practices beginning in 2016. What is an Oncology Medical Home (OMH)?An Oncology Medical Home (O...
  • November is now National Family Caregivers Month
    on Nov 9, 2015
    Did you know that President Obama proclaimed November 2015 as National Family Caregivers Month? Pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.Here are tips from the CDC on how to be a c...
  • Revamped Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020
    on Sep 21, 2015
    The ONC just released the revamped version of the Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. This is the blueprint to improve the health IT infrastructure that will help transform health care delivery, improve individual and community health, and support a...
  • Facebook Chat tonight: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids discussing the Changing Marijuana Landscape
    on Apr 20, 2015 in drug abuse
    Don't miss this important event tonight for a live Facebook Chat by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to Help Parents Navigate the Changing Marijuana Landscape.April 20, from 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EDTLive Facebook Chat with Heather Senior, LCSW, P...
  • This is Patient Safety Awareness Week #PSAWunited
    on Mar 10, 2015 in patient safety
    Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by NPSF. Each year, health care organizations around the globe take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotio...
  • Neck pain infographic
    on Dec 22, 2014
    Here's a visual way of thinking about neck pain related to motor vehicle accidents. Drive safely this winter! Via: Riverside Personal Injury Lawyers...
  • Medicare will cover low-dose CT scan lung cancer screening
    on Nov 12, 2014
    It's the decision that many people have been waiting for: it appears that Medicare is proposing to cover low-dose CT scan for lung cancer screening for specific patients.The Medicare "Proposed Decision Memo for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose...
  • CMS: Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
    on Nov 6, 2014
    Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched a new innovative model to support clinicians in achieving large-scale health care transformation. It's called the "Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative."The Transforming Clini...
  • Follow updates from National Health IT Week #NHITWeek
    on Sep 16, 2014
    This week is National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health throug...
  • Join the IHI #InnovationRelay Twitter chat on Wed
    on Jul 29, 2014
    This summer, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is holding an IHI Innovation Relay and you can join the Twitter chat on Wed 7/30 at 1 pm ET to learn more about how to pioneer answers to persistent problems in health care. "Each leg of th...
  • Will chikungunya reach your neighborhood?
    on Jul 25, 2014
    Could chikungunya be coming to your neighborhood? Right now, chikungunya has been detected in all these states (dark blue = locally-acquired cases; light blue = travel-associated cases):Are you surprised by this map? This map is probably going t...
  • Fulfill your REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids
    on Jul 7, 2014 in opioid pain QuantiaMD REMS
    Misuse and abuse of opioids has grown to be a serious public health concern about addiction, overdose, and death. REMS-compliant training is a critical component of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS program.On July 9, 2012, the FDA approved a risk eva...
  • NEJM perspective article about Big Data in Healthcare
    on Jun 12, 2014
    Dr. Sebastian Schneeweiss recently wrote an interesting perspective article in the NEJM about big data in health care. He writes:Two key “learning” applications of big health care data that hold the promise of improving patient care are the gener...
  • Innovation HealthJam #InnovationHealthJam
    on Jun 4, 2014 in healthcare reform mobile health
    In a few weeks, the Innovation HealthJam will happen online! June 17-19. Here's what it's going to be about:Come together for this Innovation HealthJam and help brainstorm new ideas for the healthcare technology area. This event will challenge a larg...
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