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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Brigham and Womens has podcasts

My cardiologist at Brigham and Womens Hospital is featured on a podcast on cardiovascular health here. There are also podcasts on infertility and osteoarthritis.

I think this is so cool. For many people it is very difficult to go see a doctor right off the bat. It's a lot easier to listen to a podcast and get some general information about the signs of a disease, and how to fight that disease using diet, exercise, and simple tips.

A few years ago, the only contact you could have with your doctor was by waiting for a return phone call. Now you can email your physician and get a response fairly quickly. All your records are available online, which can be quite scary but patients can't get into those databases. But isn't it a ton more convenient when your doctor can look up all the correspondance between the various specialists you see, never mind write prescriptions online and send them directly to your pharmacist.

You would think that eliminating all that paperwork would reduce the price of a visit, but nope, that's not going to happen.

I do, however, like that the hospitals are holding a lot of informational seminars for patients, as well as offering classes on various topics like handling your diabetes, what to expect from infertility treatments, exercise for knee and hip pain, and then of course, there's yoga. Me, I'm signing up for Ways to Improve Bladder Health.
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