Telemedicine Now Available, Area Nursing Homes Allow Patients to Visit with Doctors Miles Away

Winona Health telemedicine coordinator Jenelle O’Donnell demonstrates a telemedicine call with Dr. William E. Davis at Winona Health on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at a clinic in Rushford, Minn. Telemedicine technology allows people in rural areas to have more available care.   Continue reading

Ecuadorian Research into Ancient Diets Unveils a New Super Food

The contemporary American diet can greatly benefit from the innumerable centuries of experience that many cultures have in food science. Stretching back through generations of home cooking and healing, many of these dietary choices can claim tenure as part of a health positive diet. The successful proliferation of these ancient cultural groups stands as a testament to Continue reading

Patients Often Use ED Even When Primary Care Is Available

As national healthcare reform proceeds, hospitals that have benefited financially from high use of emergency departments (EDs) by routine primary care patients will be challenged to retool primary care delivery and payment methods, according to a research letter published in the February 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Karen E. Lasker, MD, MPH, from the Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine, and the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, in Massachusetts, and colleagues analyzed the use of ED services by established primary care patients at BMC, a safety-net hospital, between July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2010. They found that about half of all ED primary care visits took place during weekdays when primary care practices were open and seeing patients.

BMC has 8 primary care practices Continue reading