Medical Computing Review

MCR Table of Contents: 2007

Winter 2007 (full issue not online; see individual articles)

Contents: 2007
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  • COMPUTING ROUNDS (posted March 23)
    Choosing and Installing an EDIS: One Emergency Department's Story by Mark Parker, MD, director of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock's Emergency Care Center in Keene, New Hampshire. They "went live" with their emergency department information system (EDIS) almost a year ago this month, but the story begins 13 years earlier.

  • MCREPORTS (posted Feb 12)
    UK Update by Harry Brown, MB.chB, MRCGP, follows up on his article published in the September/October 2005 issue, The Health IT Scene in the UK.

  • MCREVIEW (posted April 28)
    Challenger High Risk Medicine Series, Module 1 by Pennie Marchetti, MD. That's high risk from the physician's perspective, not the patient.

  • NANOREVIEW (posted Feb 12)
    Harrison's Practice by Edward Hoffer, MD. New point-of-care software from the editors of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.

Spring 2007 (full issue not online; see individual articles)

  • MCREPORTS (posted October 7)
    Information Technology and The Solo Practitioner by Scott Clemensen, MD and Lynn Ho, MD. Each created and run their own solo, high-tech micropractice.

  • MCREVIEW (posted July 29)
    MKSAP 14 by Ed Hoffer, MD. The article also links to MKSAP reviews of prior electronic versions.

Summer 2007 (full issue not online; see individual articles)

  • MCREPORTS (posted October 7)
    Evaluating The Use of Tablet PCs in The Ambulatory Setting by Kevin Murphy, MD, a practicing oncologist who describes how he tested the functionality of a new hardware product among his coworkers and colleagues. The survey he created and used is available online as well.

  • WEBMCREVIEW (posted November 26)
    A new feature, WebMCReviews uses a specially designed template, similiar to our MCReview template, to evaluate individual Web sites for physicians and/or their patients. This WebMCReview on American College of Physician's Diabetes Portal by Marjorie Lazoff, MD, evaluates their online contribution to the three-year Diabetes Initiative.

MCR Table of Contents: 2006

As a result of the reorganization of MCR, no issue was published in 2006.

MCR Table of Contents: 2005

November/December 2005

Contents: 2005
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    Physician Practices and EHRs by Donald Kamens, MD, focuses on recent federal initiatives to encourage the development of healthcare information technology in the US. The article emphasizes key initiatives regarding standards, interoperability and certification of electronic health records (EHRs).

    Questions about federal initiatives with EHRs are answered by David Brailer, MD, PhD, National Health Information Technology Coordinator, US Department of Health and Human Services.

    Pennie Marchetti, MD, describes her experiences with RelayHealth Messaging Services and the impact of patient email communications on her solo family practice.

    Net conferencing or meeting allows for audio/video communication between two or more users over the Internet. GoToMeeting, a net conferencing service that boasts ease of use and a flat monthly rate for specific audio and video inputs, is reviewed by Larry Dardick, MD.

    Marjorie Lazoff, MD, writes about Stat!Ref, a well-known clinical reference service that includes online access in addition to CD/DVD and intranet products.

September/October 2005

    • Harry Brown MB ChB, MRCGP, describes The Health IT Scene in the UK from his perspective as a general practitioner in Leeds and columnist for British Medical Journal's Netlines. From the opening paragraph: "...medical ties bind our two nations—a shared Western-style practice, a common body of clinical research and journals, and curiously, how each country's healthcare administration seems to be moving closer to the other. Most important, we are both at the threshold of a technological revolution that is certain to transform how medicine is practiced in both countries and throughout the world."
    • Medical Education Resources on the Web is co-authored by Lee Ann Riesenberg, PhD, director of educational programs at University of Texas at Houston and a member of MCR's Editorial Advisory Board, along with MCR's editor, Marjorie Lazoff, MD. The authors acknowledge the importance of integrating electronic resources within today's medical, post-graduate and continuing educational programs, and describe a few of the many hundreds of scholarly sites that medical educators and their students should find helpful. The problem is locating a specific resource online without resorting to a time-consuming surf of the Web.
    • Don Vine, MD, continues to share his knowledge and experiences with wireless technology—both in Africa and from his Kansas home—in Wireless 101: Update. After reading the article, you will understand why the editors have nicknamed this article, Wireless Wow
    Jay Rissover, MD, describes how he uses Intuit QuickBooks 2005 in his medical practice. Dr. Rissover has been a fan of Intuit's flagship financial program, Quicken, since 1991—that's the same year Medical Software Reviews began publishing reviews!
    FA Davis is a well known nursing and paramedical publishing company whose Drug Guide for Nurses has been formatted for physicians' handheld devices by two vendors. In Davis's Drug Guide vs. Dr Drugs Davis Liu, MD, notes the benefits and limitations to both Unbound Medicine's Davis's Drug Guide and Skyscape's Dr Drugs, and discusses how both fare against other prescriber-oriented PDA drug databases.

July/August 2005

    • Bruce Block MD, describes Using Automated Reminder and Prompting Systems to Improve Patient Safety and Outcomes -- for all physicians, even those who are not currently using electronic records. Although according to Dr. Block, "The benefits of automated reminder and prompting systems may justify the substantial investment of time and money involved in implementing an EMR."
    • Patient Education and the Web, Edward Hoffer, MD, explains why physicians need to personally review patient information sites --, including his trusted favorites -- before "prescribing" them to patients.
    Group Visits are not new, but they are commonly included in features of the "new" primary practice. Charles Zelnick, a family physician, describes Using Computers in Group Visits in his office.
    A new feature, DejaView aims to update already reviewed products that now have a new or more developed feature.
    • David Bauer, MD, revists the new interface on ACP Medicine.
    • Jay Rissover, MD, revists Cecil Clinical Companion now that the software contains the full content.
    • Our wireless technology guru, Donald Vine, MD, describes how the wireless access feature of MerckMedicus augments the online resource.

May/June 2005

  • MCREPORT Kent Willyard, MD, describes the state of PDAs in Medicine in 2005. The article begins with a history of the PDA, followed by descriptions on unconnected and connected PDAs, and converged devices such as smartphones. Specific models are cited, and links are provided to recommended software that take full advantage of the new connected PDAs.
    American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS) is well known for its proprietary reference on pharmaceutical medications, Drug Information (DI). Davis Liu, MD, reviews Essentials, the PDA version of a distillation of DI content created specifically for physicians and other nonpharmacists.
    Easy Web Site Upkeep is provided by Derrick Darling, Web designer/developer at Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita and assistant technical editor of MCR. The consult describes content management software and contrasts it with blog software that has been adapted for nonblog use.
    For over 6 years, MCR's editor Marjorie Lazoff, MD has periodically reviewed the major online clinical references. This issue's NetView looks at how each provides new professional information through Clinical Updates such as medical journal summaries/commentaries, and What's New monographs.

March/April 2005

    Three years ago, the Treo was one of the first smartphones, a combination PDA and cell phone. David Liebovitz, MD, describes his updated Treo 600 as also including the functions of a digital camera, a video recorder, an MP3 player and a BlackBerry wannabe—although not all its features were equally well-received, or the same on the Treo 600 as on the recently released 650.

         The second and final part of Sidney Ontai, MD's presentation of 4 EMRs is a discussion with his three solo practitioner colleagues on the practical benefits and problems with using computers and technology.
    • ACP Medicine is still edited by the same group who provided content for the venerable Scientific American Medicine, though the new publishers, WebMD, have associated with the American College of Physicians to provide peer review and augment its evidence-based approach. David Bauer, MD, reviews the Web version.
    • According to Donald Vine, MD, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is well-titled—it contains over a thousand heavily referenced, nonprescription ingredient monographs. It is less clear whether all these references amount to an evidence-based resource guide physicians can use to advise and prescribe.
  • NETVIEW Medical Googling offers some tricks to physicians who use the popular Web search engine. There is also a sidebar describing Google Scholar. NetView is written by Marjorie Lazoff, MD, MCR's editor.

January/February 2005

    "Acquiring an electronic medical record resembles getting married; it is not like buying an iPod." observes Sidney Ontai, MD, in the beginning of the first of a two-part article, 4 EMRs: The Ontogeny of Paperless Charting in Four Practices. The article examines four such "marriages"—Dr. Ontai's and his EMR system, Practice Partner, and three of his physician colleagues and their systems: Dr. Notes, PracticeStudio, and SOAPWare. Dr. Ontai explains how the article came to be: "We decided to share our collective EMR experiences in a series of open houses— each of us invited his three colleagues into his solo practice clinic to demonstrate how he used the EMR in day-to-day practice. We did so for our own benefit, and for purposes of sharing our experiences with other physicians through this article." Part II is scheduled for the March/April issue
    Order Entry and Notes: View from the Physician's Desktop was created on internist David Liebovitz, MD's desktop. Based on readings and his experience as medical director, Clinical Information Systems at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Liebovitz observes that "[t]he effect of hospital computerization on a physician's work style cannot be overstated.." In his experience, physicians become "energized" once they experience first hand how computerized order entry systems improve quality of patient care—though he warns that "[p]hysicians need to remain vigilant to potential pitfalls such as those raised in this article." Dr. Liebovitz also provides a quick summary and resources for those seeking more general background.
    • As the article type predicts, NanoReviews are smaller-sized reviews, usually less than a page. Our first is by Edward Hoffer, MD who continues his review of ePocrates PDA products with ePocrates Lab, a standalone product that is also a component of ePocrates Essentials.
    • Fans of Frank Netter, MD's artwork will not be surprised that David Bauer, MD found Netter Anatomy Flash Cards for PDA “far and away the best collection of anatomical drawings available for the PDA.” He goes on to critique the software's utility for physicians as a patient education tool.
    • A ComparaView on Two Pediatric Textbooks: 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, edited by M. William Schwartz, and Saunders Manual of Pediatric Practice, edited by Laurence Finberg and Ronald Kleinman. Reviewer Mitchell Feldman, MD, describes both references in PDA format, and conducted a Road Test comparing each software on 14 common pediatric topics.
    Also included are our usual assortment of News&Views, and a ByteSide Consult on Downloading Time. Alas, if only we could Store Time as well.

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