Your Medication List

I think it’s safe to say that we all have taken a prescription medication or over-the-counter remedy at some point in life. Many of us are fortunate to only take something as needed, but then there are those of us who require medication on a daily basis. Regardless of how often you take any medication, it is extremely important that you be able to tell a health care provider what you are taking. While it may seem like a minor annoyance and … [Read more...]

Yummy Oatmeal Recipe

This is a quick, simple and yummy oatmeal breakfast recipe that you can prepare the night before and heat up at work. It's Daniel fast friendly :-) Yummy Oatmeal 1/3 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (I like Quaker) 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk (Blue Diamond is easy to find) 1T Raisins 1 small handful coarsely chopped walnuts 4 dashes of ground Cinnamon 3 dashes of ground Allspice 1T Date Honey Combine all ingredients in a … [Read more...]

How to setup your iPhone “In Case of Emergency”

Here's a quick video tutorial to show you exactly how to set up the Medical ID feature on your iPhone in case of emergency. Super handy is you suffer from a chronic illness or if you are involved in an accident. Set it up now, thank me later. Then share this post with your family and friends...basically anyone you know with an iPhone, mm-kay? :-) … [Read more...]

Health Insurance: how much it really costs

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that I’ll be interviewing Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Thursday, January 29 at 12:30 Live on YouTube. I’ll share the link and details in a future post. In my preparations for the interview, I put out a call for questions on Facebook. I was somewhat surprised by the questions coming in and it caused me to evaluate my own employer based insurance plan and the associated costs. Employer Based Health Insurance … [Read more...]

Why You Should Attend Stanford Medicine X

Bravo for Med X I can't say enough positive things about my experience at Stanford Medicine X last month. It is a welcoming place to people from all walks of life. In particular, if you suffer from chronic disease, are a disease or patient advocate, or have a courageous story about your health, they want to hear it. You are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship. What is an ePatient Scholarship? Aren't … [Read more...]

Stanford Medicine X 2014: The Experience

Stanford Medicine X 2014 was more than a conference, it was an experience. So much so, that I actually had a conference hangover when I returned home. There's a hashtag over on Twitter for #MedXhangover, it's like REALLY a thing. I know it's a thing, because I had it. Where do I start? From the opening rave on Friday at 8:00:00AM (that's 8 o'clock on the dot ) until Marvin Calderon, Jr. brought down the house on Sunday afternoon, MedX exceeded … [Read more...]

Come with Me to Stanford MedicineX in Silicon Valley

I had an ugly cry a few days ago when I happened across a YouTube of Ms. Oprah at Stanford, having a Q & A with their graduate school of business students. It was an ugly cry because at that moment I realized that I too will soon be at Stanford, sitting on a similar stage to the one Oprah was gracing. It is my distinct pleasure to attend Stanford MedicineX conference this year as an e-patient scholar. What exactly is an ePatient? An … [Read more...]

Teen Health and HPV Vaccination Guidelines

Meredith chats it up with Dr. Krishna Upadhya, an adolescent pediatrician, on Google Hangouts. We're talking recent news about HPV, vaccination guidelines and adolescent health. Follow them on Twitter: Meredith @EmpowerMochaPt and Dr. Krishna Upadhya @sahmadvocate … [Read more...]

Top 10 Things Every Nurse Should Know About The Lab

Nurses are awesome! They survived nursing school (no small feat) and really just want to go to work everyday and take care of their patients in an efficient manner. I totally understand. I'm here to facilitate that with my top 10, served up with a little satire and sarcasm for fun. I want us, the collective healthcare team, to start extrapolating our daily cause a little further and think to ourselves, I just want to go to work and take care of … [Read more...]

Do Engaged Patients Really Cost More?

Even though I'm not convinced it's going to cost more, the LA Times recently published an article that quickly grabbed my attention because of the title, "Patients who helped with medical choices had higher bills: study". Shared decision-making  or patients being involved in their own care  is a topic you've seen me post about before and it's something I'm rather passionate about. So, at first glance, I was expecting to see … [Read more...]