Category: Doctor/ Patient Relationship

Healthcare’s “Modern Movement”

For most of my childhood our next door neighbor, Nick, ran a niche sports magazine from his home.  Trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, Nick went on to work (for only a couple of miserable years) as an municipal architect with the city before dedicating himself full-time to sports. One of Nick’s most memorable ...

Humanizing the Healthcare Machine: On Not Getting Lost in the Warehouse

One summer afternoon, when I was eight or nine, I impulsively chose to ride my bike down a steep hill near my childhood home.   From the top of the hill my bike accelerated at a frightening rate and I remember for brief moments somehow being airborne before landing in a pile of bent metal and bloody asphalt.  My adventure ended with ...

The “Religion of Big Data” in Medicine: Will Getting More Granular Help Doctors Make Better Decisions?

I’ve been thinking a lot about “big data” and how it is going to affect the practice of medicine.  It’s not really my area of expertise– but here are  a few thoughts on the tricky intersection of data mining and medicine. First, some background: these days it’s rare to find companies that don’t use data-mining and predictive ...

A Flood of Medical Information Has Overwhelmed the Craft Business of Medicine: What’s Next?

If recent popular posts on the big physician blogs are any indication, some US physicians are beginning to crack. Three of the most read recent posts on KevinMD are on the topics of physician burnout, knowing when to quit medicine and—frighteningly– on the conditions that lead physicians to suicide. Along with my now quotidian experiences interacting with ...

Distinguishing Products from Solutions in Healthcare: Remembering the “Job to be Done”

I recently sat down with a surgeon colleague to lament what he described as a “surge” of new patients who had come to his practice with well-defined and specific demands for surgery. Many of these patients had various painful ailments, and all had spent time online researching options. Each one was quite convinced that surgery ...