Author: Adrian Rawlinson

5 Simple Tips to Stay Focused on Patients, Not Tech

When patients feel like connected, active participants in their care, things improve -- for both the patients and to those of us providing care. In fact, as studies have shown, technology in the exam room or at the bedside can be a help if conditions are right. But it can also be a hindrance, an impediment to making a meaningful connection with patients in the...Read More >

3 Reasons Doctors Should Embrace Shared Decision Making

Real talk: it’s taken the medical profession far too long to embrace transparency with our patients -- and many of us still have some distance to cover before we get there. But shared decision making -- in which the doctor and the patient work together to determine a course of care -- is the future of medicine. It’s part and parcel of the growing care...Read More >

4 Ways Care Teams Can Help Vaccine-Hesitant Patients

Today, 123.9 million people in the US have been vaccinated -- and that number is something to celebrate. But the news of a pause in giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, due to six instances of a rare blood clotting disorder, is almost sure to give the vaccine-hesitant additional concern. No matter what, the reality is still that a return to normalcy still requires “70 to...Read More >

Any Alternative is Better: Why We Should Embrace Value-Based Purchasing.

I’m a Brit by birth so I’ll confess: the American healthcare system is a bit of a head scratcher for me, especially when I compare it to the well-loved, well-trusted NHS in the UK. But now we’re seeing the slow but hopeful emergence of alternatives in the U.S. and the best one on deck so far is value-based purchasing (e.g., pay for performance). This is...Read More >

This Holiday Season Will Be Rough. Care Teams Can Do Just a Little More to Achieve Big Patient Impact.

The holidays are fast approaching and although “the most wonderful time of year” sounds lovely, it’s also 2020.  COVID is further complicating what is already a complex time for many people. The holidays deliver a powerful combination of stressors: high expectations, family dynamics, economic limitations, the list goes on. In a “good” year, 77 percent of people say they have a hard time relaxing, 62...Read More >

EMRs Contribute to Physician Burnout – But Better Technology Could Help

Physician burnout was an acknowledged problem long before the pandemic hit.  But now doctors who were previously burdened with lack of autonomy and pressure to pack their days with too many patients are now grappling with the existential threat that is COVID. We see it in the fear for themselves; their families, their colleagues and their patients; lack of PPE, the list goes on. In...Read More >

It’s Time to Make Telemedicine A Permanent Part of Your Practice. Here’s How.

It’s no great secret: the medical community has not generally loved telemedicine.  The resistance mostly stems from the way we’re trained: that the best care comes from being right there with your patient, able to look them in the eye, to be hands on with the body. It stems from a largely unfounded fear that if we choose a telehealth model, we’ll miss something vital...Read More >

Welkin Shares: The Benefits of a Plant Based Whole Food (PBWF) Diet

About 5 years ago I decided to look at my diet in some detail mainly because of a strong family history of coronary artery disease. My dad suffered an M.I. (Myocardial Infarction or ‘heart attack’) at age 47!  I read books, research papers, watched movies, attended meetings and webinars to educate myself on this topic – see some of the references below. After digesting all...Read More >