Category : Rapid Learning Healthcare System

MANUSCRIPT: Variation in Patient-Sharing Networks of Physicians Across the United States

Context: Physicians are embedded in informal networks that result from their sharing of patients, information, and behaviors. Objectives: To identify professional networks among physicians, examine how such networks vary across geographic regions, and determine factors associated with physician connections. http://humannaturelab.net/wp-content/themes/human-nature-lab/media/pdf/publications/articles/134.pdf

MANUSCRIPT: Trends in Physician Referrals in the United States, 1999-2009

Background  Physician referrals play a central role in ambulatory care in the United States; however, little is known about national trends in physician referrals over time. The objective of this study was to assess changes in the annual rate of referrals to other physicians from physician office visits in the

RESOURCE: How Doctors Could Rescue Health Care by Arnold Relman | The New York Review of Books

"The US is facing a major crisis in the cost of health care. Corrected for inflation, health expenditures in the public sector are nearly doubling each decade, and those in the private sector are increasing even more rapidly. According to virtually all economists, this financial burden, which is now consuming

RESOURCE: Platform helps patients understand doctors’ explanations | Springwise

"According to statistics from Jiff, the company behind the application, some 80 percent of the information health professionals give to patients is forgotten once the appointment is over, and people also remember 50 percent of their doctor’s medical talk incorrectly. The app is a presentation tool which enables doctors to

CLASSIC POST: Re-engineering the Data Stream from Meetings to Medical Practices

Here is a brief excerpt from our latest Medical Meetings cover story:

For some in the medical community, the frustrations and the inadequacies of the CME system described above are glaring, and many have begun to engineer their own personal workarounds. But homegrown efforts and small peripheral technology solutions aren’t going to fix the inefficiencies and failures of the current knowledge stream. 

While “need” and “education” are defined locally, an efficient flow of new medical information into practice requires a re-engineering of the very system of data collection, review, publishing, and subsequent dissemination and education. This means the central players in the medical community—the societies, associations, research institutions, and educational providers—must evolve as well, embracing the parallel movements of rapid-learning healthcare systems and social learning.