CRP is really useful

In Circulation this week, we learn that CRP may soon become a component of the standard set of tools we use to assess cardiac risk.

Our results suggest that CRP enhances global coronary risk as assessed by the FRS, especially in intermediate risk groups. This might have implications for future risk assessment.

Infrastructure Project Would Enable Patient-Created EMRs

Health-IT World reports that:

A group housed at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business is moving ahead with an effort to build awareness of health information technology among consumers and then develop an IT infrastructure that would allow patients to create their own electronic medical record (EMR).

The project, called the Health Data Exchange, is being spearheaded by Brian Baum, former chief marketing officer at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Baum said he has for many years discussed ways to make health technology a winning business proposition with Kevin Schulman, a doctor who directs Fuqua's Health Sector Management program.

I couldn't find much on the Fuqua website.  It's a good idea … but I'm not sure the vendors will embrace it.  We'll see.

Topics

I've made an attempt to categorize some of the entries in Docnotes.  I'm not going back 4 years .. (over 1000 posts) .. but I'll try to do this going forward.  See the "topics" menu over there on the left. 

Family Medicine Education

Jan Gottlieb, MPH – developed a set of resources that:

provide a helpful resource for faculty and staff of medical schools who are planning to, or are currently using service-learning to educate medical students and residents about

  1. community-oriented primary care
  2. Healthy People 2010 objectives
  3. Cultural competence.   

The toolkit, which should be applicable to other fields and disciplines as well, is designed to help minimize some of the start-up time involved in developing service-learning programs.  It will also provide examples for tailoring service-learning to fit your timeframe. The toolkit was based on three of the COPC-service-learning programs developed by our Department of Family Medicine in collaboration with community partners, over the last eight years.