Medical Bracelet Considerations

One of the things that comes up for debate every so often in my volunteer communities is the question “I know I need a medical bracelet, but what do I put on it”?

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Interesting Perspective: When Are We Empowering Users, & When Are We Just Being Lazy?

My mentor, friend, & fellow advocate, Casey Quinlan, had posted this article to one of her social media pages back in December a few days before Christmas.  I had flagged it to read later & then realized I hadn’t actually read it.  I’m glad I saved it because the timing was right for me to process it.

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EHR’s: Why I Care & Why You Should

“I’m just an average person, in relatively good health…”

“I only go to doctors a few times a year, & I pay out of pocket…”

“This is a boring subject. I don’t see why anyone would care about something so frustrating & mundane.”

“All I know is that it annoys the hell out of my doctors. They don’t make eye contact with me anymore, they’re so buried in their computer or iPad.”

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In Defense of Digital Health Devices

I am very pro-research on general principle. The exception lies with “studies” (like this example) which measure only specific short-term endpoints that are inherently hard to measure & quantify.

Things like clinical & economic benefit & those associated “outcomes”.

Everyone has a different definition of “success” in these cases.  Also just because it doesn’t show something concrete in dollars & cents or in data points doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value.

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Virtual Visits Are In My Area! Finally!

Virtual visits have finally arrived to one of my local health systems.  They serve both people with & without insurance & the visits are $49.  This might be a good way for me to check on things if it is after hours or on a weekend.  I’m actually excited to see this.

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New Forms of Transplant Raise New Questions

I know I name drop Arthur Caplan’s name quite a bit. Yet, he really nails many ethical issues on the head.   I’ve been reading quite a bit on transplant advances & new forms of transplants being done lately.  It’s exciting to me on one hand, on the other it deeply conflicts me…

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