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Telepsychiatry

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The California Health Foundation examines the use of telepsychiatry in the emergency room. In a second article Time explores its use for children and teens. Telepsychiatry is just one example of the rapid spread of even traditional telemedicine.

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Dying, Disability and Advance Directives

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Two recent pieces of research shed further light on what commonly happens with individuals’ health status near the end of their lives and on the extent to which people are considering what kind of care they want to receive if they reach medical crisis and whether a patient’s preferences are being respected.

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2010 Potpourri XI

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This week’s collection includes obesity, clinical trials results, how hospitals make money from physicians, strategic implications of reform, what reform is likely to do to young people’s insurance premiums and patents on genes. Enjoy!

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EHRs and Diagnostic Errors

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A variety of benefits from expanded use of electronic medical or health records have been advanced by advocates. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine explores whether such electronic records can help limit the number of diagnostic mistakes by physicians and other health professionals.

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