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Are Your Medical Records Accurate?

Accurate medical records are essential for receiving the best healthcare possible. Clearly, your doctor may treat you inappropriately if your records contain wrong or incomplete information. Unfortunately, health records can include mistakes about any aspect of a patient’s health and his/her medical and family history. Whether your doctors use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) or paper […]

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Are Medications Safe?

Americans are taking billions of pills and other medications every year. Almost 50% of US adults take at least one prescription medication. And many millions take over the counter medications. We rely on medications to keep us healthy and to cure both serious and minor ailments. In many cases, people would not survive without their […]

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How to Save Money on Prescription Medications

Prescription medications can be frighteningly expensive, even with insurance coverage. Have you ever suffered sticker shock? It’s happened to me on several occasions, including a co-pay of $450 for a medication we didn’t even end up using! These high prescription medication prices are hurting our collective health and our wallets. How widespread and serious is […]

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The Benefits of Participating in Hospital Rounds

I’ve been shouting this message from my rooftop for years* – patients who communicate effectively and actively engage in their care have better outcomes and a reduced risk of medical errors. However, for hospitalized patients, this can be tricky. Ideally, doctors would include patients and/or family members in their daily “rounds” conversations. But, not all hospitals […]

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Top Innovations in Medicine for 2019 – part 2.

What’s on the horizon for medicine that will change the way doctors treat patients? Every year Cleveland Clinic gathers opinions from their doctors and researchers to determine a list of 10 innovations in medicine they think will shape healthcare for the coming year and beyond. Today’s post covers the innovations 6-10 for 2019. Read last week’s post […]

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