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Let me start by mentioning 2 things I missed earlier about Day 1 of the ASCO HIT/EHRs Symposium.  In the session on Usability, Karen Bell, Chair of CCHIT, mentioned 3 areas where EHRs may impact malpractice risk; Communications, Documentation and Medical Errors. Each of these has the potential to...
The ABC1 conference has been going on in Lisbon, Portugal, for the past three days. ABC stands for Advanced Breast Cancer, and the conference has been a mix of didactic lectures (on all things metastatic) and guideline development. It’s the...
The November 3rd edition of the NEJM features a Perspective article on drug shortages by Mandy Gatesman and Thomas J Smith (NEJM 365:18 page 163) that address many of the causative issues that underlie this growing national problem.  
Today was day 1 of the ASCO HIT/EHR Symposium, which covered a wide range of the ever changing HIT landscape.  Paul Tang, Vice Chair of the ONC HIT Policy Committee, and Chuck Friedman, former Chief Scientific Officer of ONC, now Director of Health Informatics at the U. Michigan School of Public...
I was recently asked to comment on a study that sought to address the risk of ovarian cancer in women who undergo in vitro...
I’ve been traveling the last few days, attending the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual meeting in New York followed by the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute’s...
From age six through high school, I played baseball. Playing baseball ended, rather abruptly it seemed, when I went to college, but the lure of the game has always remained. To my colleagues, it must seem that I can hardly understand the world without the comfort of baseball analogies. I was...
What does a healthy medicine and oncology “ecosystem” look like?
I always wonder whether we have our goals of care prioritized properly when we are caring for our cancer patients. I have many reasons to believe that we may not be doing enough to save every life that can be saved, starting with the work setting being named erroneously as a “Healthcare...
I was recently interviewed about breast cancer in young women, spurred by the recent disclosure that Giuliana Rancic, of E! Entertainment News, was diagnosed with breast cancer. It struck me as...
I am writing this blog while sitting in my favorite chair at Gate 44 in Reagan National Airport. Why, you might ask, would I have a favorite chair at an airport? Because after four years of service on various ASCO committees, I ride an intellectual and professional high after each meeting. I sit in...
When I try to explain clinical science to laboratory scientists I always start by asking them the following question: “Imagine that, in doing a controlled experiment, it took two years to get approval to run the experiment, that the control arm was highly variable in its genetic background, that...
National Physician Assistant Week occurs every year from October 6th through the 12th. One of the goals of this distinct week is to increase public awareness of the profession. Our profession is indeed young: the Duke University Physician Assistant Program took its first students, convened by Dr....
As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a breast oncologist, Breast Cancer Awareness Month for me is filled with fundraisers and meetings with philanthropists. Philanthropists are some of my favorite people in the world. In my experience, philanthropists who donate to the...
I had written about abandonment of care among children in the developing world as a grave concern for oncologists everywhere because of its implications for our failure to deliver the...
I am currently sitting with colleagues from across the country as we plan the 2012 Program, an honor and yet a daunting task! Searching pubmed, vetting potential speakers, and keeping abreast on office and business matters, I rely heavily on my laptop and web access, and dating back to 1986, I have...
It is with great anticipation that the Results of the ASCO Study of Collaborative Practice Arrangements has now been published in the JOP. Key findings in this important study include: Physician and nonphysician practitioner (NPP...

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