EHR handcuffs: Let Doctors be Doctors.

EHR, EMR, HealthIT, let doctors be doctors

EHR has been a topic of interest for me for a long time, and was one of the topics I chose to research in depth during my MBA. Five years ago we were half a decade away from the 2015 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act deadline that would penalize providers for not having adopted an … Continue reading EHR handcuffs: Let Doctors be Doctors.

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National Cancer Institute SEER Cancer Statistics Review: 2015 Updates

NCI SEER data update 2015

The NCI published updated SEER Cancer Statistics data today, April 23, 2015. The data is now current through 2012. SEER stands for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.  The SEER cancer statistics review is a report of, "the most recent cancer incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence, and lifetime risk statistics." This data is helpful in tracking population … Continue reading National Cancer Institute SEER Cancer Statistics Review: 2015 Updates

World Cancer Day: “Not Beyond Us”

world cancer day, pugtato

Greetings from Las Vegas, NV!  PUGTATO is on travel this week and this is a quick post to tell you about a wonderful global event taking place today. (Sorry East Coasters, I know the day is almost over. The time change caught up with me!) February 4, 2015 is World Cancer Day.  World Cancer Day … Continue reading World Cancer Day: “Not Beyond Us”

What’s in it for me? Patient Engagement Healthcare Design

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Stanford University's Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) lab is doing seriously innovative, cool stuff with healthcare, including offering a Patient Engagement Healthcare Design Class this fall.  Today I'm sharing some of the key learnings from Week One, appropriately named, Introduction to Patient Engagement Design. Our lecture for week one was led by Kyra Bobinet, MD, … Continue reading What’s in it for me? Patient Engagement Healthcare Design

Doing More with Less: Capturing Adequate Cancer Family History

Cancer Family History ASCO genetics hereditary

Every day, oncology clinicians are asked to do more with less.  What I mean by this is, reimbursement for many services has gone down or is inadequate, and physicians are asked to do more during a patient visit with less time available. Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to present to a local oncology department in … Continue reading Doing More with Less: Capturing Adequate Cancer Family History

Breast Care for Washington: Hitting a Milestone

I am truly pleased to share with you all today that Breast Carefor Washington has entered into a partnership with Community of Hope at their new facility in Southwest DC. Existing as the sole provider of 3-D mammograms East of the Anacostia River, we plan to begin offering services in May 2014. Below is our … Continue reading Breast Care for Washington: Hitting a Milestone

Drowning in Pink

Kohl's steals METAvivor's breast cancer campaign

Something must be in the water. First, in January, there was the absurd cancer patient shaming that the awful Keller duo vomited on the public.  Now, we have Kohl's and Susan G. Komen undermining the work of METAvivor, the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to awarding research funding for Stage IV breast cancer. METAvivor … Continue reading Drowning in Pink

Riding the roller coaster!

We've been riding a roller coaster here at PUGTATO HEADQUARTERS and it has been a really exciting one: my husband and I welcomed our first child to the family a few weeks ago!  We are learning new things every day, and let's just say that being a parent requires no end to your creative juices. … Continue reading Riding the roller coaster!