Top Doctors Make a Difference

How important is obtaining quality healthcare for you and your family?  Most people would agree that taking a chance with their healthcare is a bad idea. Yet we do not always receive top-quality care when visiting a doctor or hospital and too often patients simply don’t know how to find the best doctor to deliver the best care.

According to Castle Connolly, “some people believe that patient ratings are the best source of information on doctors. Unfortunately, that is a misguided assumption. Patients may be able to rate a doctor’s “bedside manner,” but they know little about the complexity of medical care.”

As Marty Makarty, M.D. a surgeon at John Hopkins, wrote in his widely acclaimed book Unaccountable; “So how does a patient who hasn’t been to medical school find the best care? The only real way to judge health care quality is to ask health professionals who work closely with doctors daily.”

Every year Washingtonian Magazine selects the best doctors in the Washington, DC area, as voted by area doctors.  Dr. Brenda Dintiman, co-founder of DermUtopia has been named again this year as a “Best Doctor”.  Dr. Dintiman has consistently won Top Doc awards. Washingtonian Magazine awarded Dr. Dintiman this prestigious award each year from 1999 through 2015. In 2016 she also received the Top Doc Award from Northern Virginia Magazine.

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How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care

By MELINDA BECKColumnist, The Wall Street Journal.

After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential.

Driven by faster internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning to electronic communications to do their jobs—and it’s upending the delivery of health care.

Doctors are linking up with patients by phone, email and webcam. They’re also consulting with each other electronically—sometimes to make split-second decisions on heart attacks and strokes. Patients, meanwhile, are using new devices to relay their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors so they can manage chronic conditions at home.

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FDA Warns AD/HD Patch Can Lead To Permanent Skin Color Loss

Medscape (6/25, Brooks) report that the FDA issued a warning Wednesday that Noven Therapeutics, Inc.’s Daytrana (methylphenidate), a patch for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), “may cause permanent skin color loss.” According to the FDA, “postmarketing reports of acquired skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation of the skin, consistent with chemical leukoderma, have been associated with the use of the Daytrana patch.” The condition is not physically harmful, but it is disfiguring. In response, the FDA “has added a new warning to the drug label to indicate the risk for chemical leukoderma.”

The Pharmacy Times (6/25, Allikas) reports that there have been 51 “chemical leukoderma cases reported to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).” Healio (6/25) also covers the story.