Archive For The “Internet” Category

In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in L A: Primary Care Referrals

By | January 11, 2013

We have spoken many times about the surgical referrals that the best pain clinic in Los Angeles would make, but at Schlesinger Pain Centers we have noticed that we have also been making an increasing number of medical referrals.  A growing number of our patients have been coming to us from patient referrals and via […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Telemedicine

By | June 8, 2012

I would like to conclude this series of blogs on the effect of the Internet on modern medicine, wherein so much promise and good has accrued with a word of caution about a false promise, telemedicine. There is a large group of businessmen and some physicians who see this as the wave of the future. […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Online Support Groups

By | June 7, 2012

Another area where the Internet is having a tremendous impact on patient care at Schlesinger Pain Centers is the availability of online support groups. These online groups complement physical support groups and may actually be more important for patients with rare conditions. They also allow patients with more common conditions to look at regional variations […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Patient Education

By | June 6, 2012

Patient education is one of the areas where we at Schlesinger Pain Centers feel we have made the greatest impact on patient care. When we see a new patient there in addition to making a diagnosis, there is always a large amount of information to be imparted to the patient before an informed decision about […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Physician to Physician Communications

By | June 5, 2012

As medical care becomes more complicated and collaborative, coordinating the care that is being delivered in multiple offices becomes more and more challenging. The ability to share electronic medical records or to have two physicians review the same imaging studies simultaneously can cut down on the need to have multiple extra appointments just to keep […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Imaging Studies

By | June 4, 2012

The availability of online medical imaging studies is a tremendous advance in speed and convenience. I remember as a surgical intern going down to radiology to find X-Rays and carrying a large stack of them for presentation as we made rounds. The films were heavy and awkward to carry. Obtaining the films was time consuming […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Electronic Medical Records

By | June 1, 2012

One area of the Internet that doctors appreciate, but whose importance is often overlooked by the general public is the availability of Electronic Medical Records (EMR). As opposed to a physical chart that can exist only once in one particular place, electronic medical records have the potential to be available in many locations to many […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Finding the Right Doctor, Social Media

By | May 31, 2012

The use of social media in medicine is still in its infancy but its effects are already being felt. If we look back at the last blog where we saw that much of the Internet had relatively little effect on the way that people selected their doctors, social media has a much greater effect by […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Finding the Right Doctor

By | May 29, 2012

Finding the right doctor is actually one of the areas that the Internet has had the least effect. The kind of information that patients need to make intelligent decisions is often not available online. Sites such as HealthGrades and Vitals rely heavily on anonymous reviews. In many cases most of the comments and rankings come […]

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The Internet in Modern Medicine: Gathering Facts

By | May 25, 2012

Let’s begin with the simplest and most obvious use of the Internet, gathering information. My experience with chronic pain management and that of my friends in practice has been amply confirmed by studies and think-tank papers. For patients under the age of 75 who experience the onset of new symptoms, it is extremely to see […]

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