Doctors and nurses often cringe to find out that their patients have been consulting “Doctor Google” when they come into the office for help with a medical issue. Though it can be a bit of a nuisance when patients come in already convinced of a diagnosis because of internet research, internet use and mobile health apps and programs can be an asset to your practice. You simply need to incorporate a plan to embrace the available technology and help your patients to use it in an effective way to benefit everyone. [click to continue…]
Don – a man in his 60s – couldn’t get through the night without waking up with chronic bleeding and extreme pain from a venous ulcer…until his wife researched and made contact with a wound specialist online. Identifying Don’s problem with the help of his wife’s pages of website printouts in-tow, the specialist switched Don’s meds and changed the way pressure was put on the wound. That same day, Don’s pain went away and he began healing rapidly.
Involving patients in the diagnosis process is usually a win-win situation: Tests and observation are critically important but taking-in how a patient actually feels can help medical professionals nail it early-on. Patients know their bodies and lifestyles, and insights into their daily lives are invaluable in diagnosing their ailments. [click to continue…]