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New York Times, 7/1/19
by Gina Kolata
You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals.
"As easy as pushing a button on a phone."
Medcorder is a smartphone app for anyone whose anxiety or memory / attention may interfere with full recall of important details of doctor visit discussions.
The app developer has a personal experience of having to deal at long distance with his mother, father, and brother going through cancer treatments. As a result, he created this app to allow patients to capture important details of their doctor visits and share them with family and selected friends.
The app on the patient’s smart phone creates audio recordings (with the doctor's permission) of the visit, then transcribes (by machine) the content, and shares the transcription with people invited by the patient.
The app sends the encrypted audio file from the smartphone to secure servers for transcription and storage. Neither the audio nor the transcription is stored in the patient's chart. The patient, not the doctor, initiates the recording and shares the transcript with selected family / friends.
Listen til the end of the video to hear other ideas about improving patient care through technology.
"I thought to myself, what do you really want to do with your life? You've almost lost it."
Traumatic Brain Injury survivor Angela was 23-years-old when her car was hit head-on by a reckless driver. This is her recovery story.
Angela had to use a walker, wore an eye patch, and had visible bruises. "When I would go out, people would stare at me."
"Living at home with my parents was 2 steps, 3 steps backwards. I thought, 'What am I really doing with my life now?' I was completely dependent on my family and friends for support and the doctors to give me the hope."
With strong determination, she declared, "I can choose to be a victim or be like a warrior!"
"I knew that one day I wanted to be a motivational speaker and think that all this hard stuff that's happening to me, there must be a bigger purpose. And I was going to do something about it. I'm going to make sure the world knows that I can be a hope angel for them."
At the end of the video, Angela shares her advice about brain injury recovery as she approaches the Memorial Day weekend anniversary of her injuries.
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