Angelina Jolie, Eric Topol and the Democratization of Health Care Through Patient Access to Personal Health Information

Posted by Randy Rountree on Thu, Jan 29, 2015

What will the average patient have in common with Angelina Jolie in the near future?

Like Jolie, who in 2013 opted for a double mastectomy based on a positive test for the BRCA1 gene, patients will make critical health care decisions based on access to and understanding of their health care data. This shift of power from doctor to patient is the topic of Eric Topol, MD’s new book “The Patient Will See You Now.” In it Topol writes that Jolie  “symbolizes the new era of medicine, whereby access to critical information about oneself, leads to the individual’s empowerment to make a pivotal choice that determines one’s fate.” (1)

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Coming out of the Reading Room: Radiologists Look to Bring Images and Greater Value to Referring Physicians and Patients

Posted by Randy Rountree on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Like every other sector of health care, the practice of radiology is being profoundly impacted by reform. Radiologists in particular are feeling the squeeze of the Affordable Care Act and other health reform initiatives in the area of payment reform. While imaging is a critical element of patient care, radiology’s fee for service payment model doesn’t mesh well with declining reimbursements and health care reform’s focus on value. Radiologists work behind the scenes of patient care, overseeing the generation of patient images, reading and interpreting them and then providing reports to referring physicians, most often without direct contact with either the referring physician or the patient. When radiologists stay in the reading room, their value to the patient care cycle remains hidden as well.

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