Hospitalists: Innovations in Patient Safety
July 31, 2017

John D. Nelson, MD, an internal medicine hospitalist, describes changes he implemented as a result of the insights found in The Doctors Company’s Hospitalist Closed Claims Study.

Could Hackers Threaten the Future of Medical Devices?
July 31, 2017

Pacemakers, insulin pumps, and other medical devices communicate to a network via the Internet. This presents frightening possibilities about what hackers could do if they were to compromise a communication device embedded in a person.

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3 Ways to Improve EHRs
May 12, 2017

Electronic health records (EHRs) must improve in three areas to reach their full potential and enable physicians to provide better care. As important tools in modern patient care, today’s EHRs must improve in the following areas: 1. User-centered design, 2. Alerts and alarms, and 3. Interoperability.

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Ransomware Do’s and Don’ts
May 12, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI). Panic is the typical reaction when a healthcare organization suffers a ransomware attack. If an organization lacks a thought-out response plan for this type of crisis, people tend to overreact. They may do things that will make it harder to recover from the attack and could increase future liability. But an organization can avoid panic by having an incident response plan in place. This plan should provide a framework of actionable steps, including what to do, who is going to do it, and what is going to happen as a result.

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Artificial Intelligence vs. Healthcare
May 12, 2017

Will doctors be replaced with computers? In this digital age, technology like IBM’s computer Watson is creating uncertainty about human-powered professions, including those of physicians. This video describes how the need for empathy and the ability to evaluate hundreds of salient points at once will preserve the careers of physicians.

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3 Steps for Ransomware Defense
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Ransomware: Do's and Don'ts
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Patient Data Trafficked on the Dark Web
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Ransomware Threatens Patient Care
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Could Hackers Threaten the Future of Medical Devices?
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Paying Cyber Ransom: Pros and Cons
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Why Cybercriminals Prefer Bitcoin
April 3, 2017

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, especially ransomware attacks, are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated as criminals seek to exploit a lucrative market for personal health information (PHI).

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Evolving Patient-Facing Technologies
December 16, 2016

Patient-facing technologies are rapidly transforming. However, there are still things that must be worked out in order to ensure measurements in new tools are accurate, advice given to patients is appropriate, and that there is clear guidance when patients should see a doctor rather than manage their own care.

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A Physician’s Reputation: Online and Off
December 15, 2016

A physician’s online reputation is just as vital as a physician’s reputation in the community, according to Kevin Pho, MD, of KevinMD.com, social media’s leading physician voice. In this era of transparency—when any patient can go online to research a doctor—it is more important than ever for doctors to proactively manage their online reputation. Patients often use the Internet to find information about a doctor, typically by Googling the doctor’s name. The search results can point the patient to physician-rating sites, which may have negative comments about the doctor. That’s why it’s important for doctors to establish and maintain an online presence that patients will find when searching.

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Why Cardiologists Get Sued
December 15, 2016

Why do cardiologists get sued, and how do heart patients get injured? A study of 429 closed cardiology malpractice claims by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, revealed the most common patient allegations in these claims and the most common factors that contribute to patient injury. The goal of the study was to alert physicians and patients to the most common risks and areas for improved patient safety.

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Case Studies: Healthcare Data Breach Risks
December 15, 2016

The healthcare industry suffers more data breaches than any other business segment—a total of 51 percent of all breaches. This video presents an overview of the cybersecurity threats facing healthcare organizations and what they can do to mitigate their risk.

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Dr. Wachter and Digital Medicine (Video Series)
December 15, 2016

The future of medicine includes digitization, improved electronic health records (EHRs) with increased access, personalized medicine, artificial intelligence, and interoperability. With the healthcare industry in the midst of a digital transformation, physicians and other healthcare professionals are faced with the challenges of improving quality, safety, patient experience, access, and efficiency.

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Physician Branding on Social Media
December 15, 2016

Physicians can brand themselves on social media using a “hub and spoke strategy,” says Kevin Pho, MD, of KevinMD.com, social media’s leading physician voice. A doctor should first create a central hub, such as a blog or website. It is important to not create the hub on a third-party platform, because, in the future, the look of the platform could change or the platform could be removed altogether. Doctors should then create the spokes: social media outposts where they can engage with patients. It is important to keep the branding consistent across these platforms by using the same logo, slogan, and headshot.

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The Doctors Company is Taking the Mal out of Malpractice
December 15, 2016

The Doctors Company has always been guided by a fundamental belief: that the practice of good medicine should be advanced, protected, and rewarded in every way. Today, as healthcare continues to undergo unprecedented change, it’s more important than ever to be a strong, trusted partner to help healthcare providers focus on what they do best—delivering care.