Here are some links from around the internet that bring up interesting issues. I plan on collecting interesting posts that I see and posting them on here so that you may also comment and criticize their perspectives.
What should doctors do if patients give a negative online review? Many sites online provide some rankings about physicians online. Can we trust those who post? Can we just ignore them? It is likely difficult to get an exact sense of a physician from a few rankings on a website. I don’t know how much they are relevant…yet. I won’t be surprised if that changes and if it changes within the next few years.
Your health depends on where you live This video wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to, but it does bring up some interesting questions about the integration of data from our lives into the equation when making medical decisions. Does it matter where we live? Does it matter what kind of food we buy and eat at home? How about how much we use our cell phones to assess our risk for cancer? There are millions of possibilities that exist to integrate more data about our everyday lives using technology. My question is: does it improve outcomes?
A spoonful of ingenuity Some excellent points in this article about where the money marked for global health initiatives actually goes. I have a difficult time arguing against making sure that we can track where all the money for international health goes. We have a right to hold our government accountable for where its money is going. I also hope that the Gates foundation and the other such organizations would be transparent in their use of money, it would only prove to donors that their money will be going to help people.
Health Care Reform and the Need for Comparative-Effectiveness Research Physicians just don’t learn…. When I was a first year medical student, I took the Hippocratic oath, which included the words “never do harm”. How can we resist research that will help us in this effort? Just because it may compromise our individuality does not mean that it is not the right thing to do. We should lead the call for more research like this, not resisting it.