Medical records enter the digital age

rick's picture

If you’ve been to visit your physician lately, you’ve likely experienced one of major changes in health care today: the electronic medical record, or EMR.

The adoption of EMRs has been one of the most rapid advances of technology in the medical field, and it has affected both physicians and patients. More than 90 percent of physicians in Massachusetts now use some form of electronic medical record to track a patient's care.

This one’s for the men

rick's picture

And the ones who care about them…. The studies and statistics don’t lie: Men are more likely to die of heart disease, more prone to be killed in accidents, and more apt to suffer from drug or alcohol addictions than women.

The fact is when it comes to individual health, men fare far worse than women.

“Men have really not taken good care of themselves,” says primary care physician Frederic Schwartz, M.D., co-chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Men’s Health Committee.

The Spread and Fear of Infectious Disease

rick's picture

The rise of an infectious disease presents two challenges: first, containing the infection to as small a geographic area as possible, and second, reducing or even preventing the fear that comes with it. In an age when an outbreak can be just a plane ride away and when instant communication by multiple channels takes but a matter of seconds, both challenges present difficult tasks.

The Hopkinton Public Library presents Yoga - A Way of Life

contribute's picture

Yoga - A Way of Life will be a discourse and demonstration by Shubhada Wavikar of The Sacred Grove, a yoga studio in Hopkinton, MA. The event will be held at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 PM.

June 21st is International Yoga Day! Have you ever been curious about yoga, but don't quite know what it involves? Or perhaps you are an experienced practitioner looking to expand your yogic horizons.

A cancer that’s preventable

rick's picture

An estimated 50,000 Americans die annually from colorectal cancer, about 12,000 more than a capacity crowd at Fenway Park. After lung cancer, the disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death for both men and women in the United States.

The sad part of the story is that colorectal cancer can be prevented through screening. Yet 23 million adults – about one in three – don’t get screened as recommended.

The Top Public Health Priority

rick's picture

In the last five years, nearly 3,800 Massachusetts residents have died from opioid and/or prescription drug overdoses. Thousands more have overdosed on the drugs, but have eluded death, mostly through the heroic efforts of first responders. And while multiple efforts have been undertaken by many people to attack the epidemic, and some progress has been achieved, deaths and overdoses are still occurring.

The human body's largest organ

rick's picture

Our skin. It covers our entire body and it’s our largest organ. It controls our body temperature and provides protection from bacteria and viruses. At the same time, it’s subject to a number of diseases and conditions – from rashes to rosacea, from acne to eczema, to the deadly skin cancer of melanoma.
The March episode of Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society takes a look at some of the more common skin diseases with two members of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology, the statewide specialty group of medical doctors specializing in caring for the skin.

A Kidney for Justin

contribute's picture

Meet Justin. He just turned 14 years old and is finishing up 8th grade. He enjoys playing Call of Duty and Minecraft like other kids his age. Justin hasn't had much time for games recently.

Justin was recently put on dialysis and is in desperate need of a kidney.

Physicial Requirements:
Age - Under 63 years old
BMI - Under 30
Blood Type - O
Must be a non-smoker

Required Participant Information:
Full legal name
Blood Type
Date of Birth
Social Security Number
Phone Number
Email Address

The Invisible Injury

rick's picture

It has become the subject of a major motion picture, and it has raised fears among parents about their children’s participation in sports. The injury is concussion.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story

contribute's picture

Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Chris broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book, "Fall River Dreams". Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.


Subscribe to Health