The Only Constant is Change

Thoughts from ATA Edge 2017

An abbreviated list of thoughts from attending the American Telemedicine Association Edge 2017 conference. In no particular order: Wow, there are very few doctors here. The players in the chaos of American healthcare seem to be, in rough order of agency: Payers (insurance), Health administration (people who created and reinforce HIPAA), Policy makers, Medical conglomerates, …

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People line up for food as others rest at the George R. Brown Convention Center that has been set up as a shelter for evacuees escaping the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Telemedicine

Natural disasters in the time of Telemedicine

My S.O is a physician working in Houston, and he missed Hurricane Harvey over the weekend, being out of town for a conference. The hospital sent out an S.O.S. asking faculty to do their best to come in. As the Houston airports continued to be closed Monday and Tuesday, he and his colleague, also a …

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Iquitos. City of half a million people, surrounded by hundreds of miles of jungle on all sides. Photo by NASA.
World Citizen

On Iquitos, 3 months later

On a particularly sultry day in a hospital of the Peruvian Amazon, I found myself with the task of telling a group of parents that their babies, who had been waiting in the hallways for days without eating in preparation for surgery, would not be able to have their cleft lip and palate fixed. We, …

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On Wellness

Barriers to wellness in medicine – Identity Crisis

I am the Sick resident this month. Instead of seeing check-ups and doing physicals, I see walk-in patients and triage same-day appointments. When my desk phone rings, the standard greeting in clinic is “This is Amy – Sick.” After a few days, I started joking that I am to be called the Well resident from …

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World Citizen

Hope for Medicine, from #Charlottesville

I was going to write about wellness this week, but events from the world demand more attention. And our corner of the world is especially unwell. I went to medical school in Charlottesville. No city deserves to be overtaken by this ugliness, but I especially never imagined Charlottesville would catapult to national fame as a …

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