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“Tricorders Are Not Sci-Fi Anymore:” Ten Tech Tips for Today’s Clinicians

By Erik Goldman

In the near future, we wont just be prescribing drugs, well be prescribing apps, said physician-futurist Daniel Kraft, MD, at the recent NEXT Innovation Summit. Dr. Kraft said that a Star Trek-esque world of tricorder-enabled Dr. McCoys tailoring treatments and tweaking human biology based on real-time physiologic data is already here. Its just not evenly distributed.” Dr. Kraft also reviewed 10 essential tech advances that should be part of any practitioner's digital tool bag.

How One Physician Changed Aetna’s Attitudes on Holistic Medicine

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014

A few years ago, it would have been a pipe dream to suggest that a naturopathic physician might have a hand in shifting attitudes—and policies--of one of the nation's largest health insurers.

Restoring the Therapeutic Alliance

By Amber Vitse, LMT, CN - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014

LONG BEACH, CA -- A wealth of new practice models are erupting in the field of integrative medicine, as more physicians and other practitioners seek ways of practicing that are more holistic and embracing of all aspects of their patients' lives.

How to Craft Effective Patient Ed Videos

By Erik Goldman

Good go-to video resources for patient education can help you make much better use of their limited face-to-face time with patients, says practice development consultant James Maskell.

For Integrative Doctors, a New Turn On the Road to Specialty Recognition

By Gabrielle Zastrocky, Contributing Writer

The long and winding road toward creation of a widely recognized medical specialty in holistic medicine has taken a new turn, one that leaders of the effort believe can take physicians a lot farther toward that goal.

Holistic Marketing Mentors: Creating Systems to Beat the System!

By Erik Goldman

Clinicians think a lot about organ systems, but far fewer think systematically about their own practices. That's unfortunate, because well-designed practice systems can greatly improve clinical outcomes and fiscal health, say consultants Gail Sophia Edgell & Traci Brosman.

Bringing the Genomics Revolution Into Patient Care

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 14, No. 3. Fall, 2013
As companies like 23andMe take sophisticated genomic testing directly to the consumer market, a growing number of people are seeking guidance on how to respond to the test results. According to Dr. Deanna Minich, that spells major opportunity for holistically-minded clinicians.

Escape Fire's Dr. Erin Martin on Reverse-Engineering Healtcare

By Erik Goldman
Holistic physicians often start out by trying to cram things like nutrition counseling, stress management or herbal medicine into conventional care frameworks--with limited success. Erin Martin, DO, a physician profiled in the popular film, Escape Fire, took the opposite route. At her new clinic she made lifestyle-based medicine the core and gradually adds conventional primary care services.

Group Visits are a Great Fit for Functional Medicine Practice

By Erik Goldman
Shilpa Saxena, MD, has tailored the basic group visit model--increasingly popular in family practice--to fit the principles of functional medicine. The result is a big win for patients, for the doctor herself, and even for the insurers.

Overcoming Fear of Change on Path to Practice Transformation

By Erik Goldman

More than anything else, it is fear that keeps many doctors from building the kinds of practices they really want to have. Heal Thy Practice conference chairman Jeff Gladd, MD, who's built a thriving cash-pay practice in Ft. Wayne, IN, has the remedies for those fears.

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