The Signature Burden

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who attended this month’s HIMSS Annual Meeting, tweeted “[w]e can sequence the entire human genome, but we still can’t get much more than a print-out, fax or CD ROM when we leave the doctor’s office.”Indeed. If we can even get that. At a time when legal...

Imaging Included

Radiology BusinessAs Deven stated in the last post, the “designated record set”- the data that we, as patients, have a right to -is an often misunderstood aspect of our rights under HIPAA. As an example, many patients don’t realize they have a right to copies of all of their imaging-every...

Overcoming the Obstacles

Sitting in the office of Dr. Alexander Swistel at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an internationally-recognized breast surgeon who has pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatments, I watched my 70 year old mother being examined after her third breast cancer diagnosis in 20 years. She...

Cancer’s Longterm Effects

I recently attended a reception in San Francisco for a cancer advocacy group and I was struck by a particular story one of the speakers told as part of the evening’s events. Generally, patient stories are an effective way to communicate both the heartwarming examples of our progress in cancer...