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Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online

Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism.  In the course of these arguments -- which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and...

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Texting from the Operating Room

Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers' texting friends and relatives from the surgical suite. Some spoke of colleagues who hide a phone in a drawer and check it when they think no...

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Doctors and Hospitals Need to Talk More. This App Can Help.

AS AN INTERN fresh out of medical school at Columbia University, Joe Mayer says one of the most frustrating tasks in the ER was spending hours trying to track down a patient’s primary care physician. It was tedious, yes. But more than that, it was just one more obstacle to making a decision about...

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May 21, 2015

Emily S


Blame the Machines

In late July 2013, 16-year-old Pablo Garcia, who was in the hospital for a routine colonoscopy to check on his congenital gastrointestinal condition, began complaining of numbness and tingling all over his body. Soon he was having seizures. What caused this strange condition? His medication, it...

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Patient ‘Passports’ Make Sure People With Complex Cases Are Heard

A doctor comes to the patient’s hospital room with a clipboard, gives a brisk update on important points and then is gone, before the patient has a chance to digest the treatment plan or speak up about their own desires or concerns. 

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