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Electronic medical records urgently required

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What is the stick that can measure the performance of a physician? Is 50 hours a year of attendance in CME (continuing medical education) enough? Would it be better to show instead that they are following national clinical guidelines?

Posted: December 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Death by bad handwriting

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You will probably be dumbfounded if I tell you that about 7,000 Americans die each year because of physicians’ bad handwriting. This statistic came from a 2006 report of the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine. I cannot find a similar study here in the Philippines.

Posted: October 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘brain-pacers’

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An American news correspondent, Bob Woodruff of ABC TV, suffered a brain injury in 2006 from a roadside bomb while covering the Iraq war.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Boosting the brain

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Many brain researchers are working on ways and means of boosting the brain to conquer fatigue, sleep, and errors. They want to find the key to helping soldiers fight future wars. US military researchers are leading the way through grants from Darpa (Defense Advanced Project Research Agency). The goal is to produce better soldiers.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stress during pregnancy is harmful to offspring

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About seven years ago, a Manila-based couple visited Maine in the United States. They were both physicians-she an anesthesiologist, and he a surgeon. They were there to take a test to become nurses! I asked them why they wanted to migrate to the United States. They said they have a son with autism. At that […]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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