April 5, Mike Magee
In the fog of the COVID pandemic, many are wondering what ever happened to prior vocal support for universal coverage and Medicare-for-All. Expect those issues to regain prominence in the coming months. The uneven pandemic response, as well as a continued epidemic of hate-induced gun violence, have only served to reinforce the need for an equitable national health care system with a capacity to address ordinary and extraordinary public health demands. Expanding Medicare eligibility is the fastest pathway toward accomplishing that important goal.
April 6, Kim Bellard
By the time you read this, Microsoft may have already struck a deal with the messaging service Discord. There’s been some buzz around Discord being in an exclusive acquisition discussion with an interested party, later revealed to be Microsoft. Still, Kim is wishing that a healthcare company (hey Teladoc and UnitedHealth Group) were in the mix. Healthcare desperately needs to prepare for its future by learning from the gaming world and by figuring out how to appeal to younger people (who may not yet be actively engaged with the healthcare system).
April 7, Hans Duvefelt
The timeline of a patient’s symptoms is often crucial in making a correct diagnosis. Similarly, the timeline of our own clinical decisions is necessary to document and review when following a patient through their treatment. In the old paper charts, particularly when they were handwritten, office notes, phone calls, refills and many other things were displayed in the order they happened. Now, however, EMRs have made documentation clunkier and more time consuming somehow.