Tag Archives: evidence-based medicine

Looking at the Liability of Artificial Intelligence

As we continue to embrace technology and machine learning to improve care, it is essential to focus on situations as they arise, and advocate adjustments that allow us to evolve. One such area that requires further scrutiny is Physician liability and artificial intelligence (AI). Undeniably, AI is by no means flawless since it involves machine learning on present… Read More »

Practicing Evidence-Based Medicine

As we focus on delivering value, and decreasing waste, clinical appropriateness needs to be considered on a daily basis. Unfortunately, much variation is due to the lack of health care providers following evidence-based guidelines. There are various reasons this occurs, including a lack of consensus between medical societies, ease of disseminating new information when it is published, as… Read More »

Self-regulation Should Be a Part of Professionalism

A profession is defined as an occupation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply disinterested, objective counsel and service to others for direct and definite compensation. The two key components of this very “matter of fact” definition are specialized educational training and offering a service to others for payment. Unquestionably, those that provide… Read More »

Is “the Person” the Missing Component in Medical Education?

If one delves back in history, the fundamental component of medical education is focused on holistic care, meaning, caring for those we serve within the context of body, mind, and spirit. In more recent times, the focus has moved to diagnosing and treating the physiologic condition. However, studies have shown a person’s environment, behavior and lifestyle have a… Read More »

Decreasing clinical variation and implementing evidence based medicine is a learning problem

A recent article in Health Affairs, Choosing Wisely Campaign: Valuable for Providers Who Knew About It, But Awareness Remained Constant, 2014-17 by Colla and Manior, explored how care providers had participated in a campaign to discuss low value vs. high value care with their patients before making care decisions. Unfortunately, not only did awareness of this campaign not… Read More »

24/7 services improve quality and lower costs

People do not choose when they become sick, injured or require needed services. Other industries comprehend the nature of their businesses and provide coverage that is appropriate to the defined needs. Within the realm of healthcare, this same type of delivery approach is not evident. Ambulatory services tend to follow “banking” hours. Surgeons schedule their cases based on… Read More »

Why is evidence-based medicine so difficult to follow?

As we continue to focus on value-based care, where quality and costs are extremely important, there has been an increasing emphasis on practicing evidenced-based medicine. Researchers are now beginning to collect data and evidence not only on clinical matters, but also on issues such as whether patient-centered medical homes truly work or if technology definitely lowers costs. As… Read More »