The other amazing radiologists we see every time we fly

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Having worked with radiologists a lot, I have great respect for their specialty. The job is indeed a very difficult one. Without seeing the patient (the most difficult part of what they do), they have to thoroughly comb through every image put in front of their eyes and give us their assessment of what’s abnormal

Hospital Medicine: Driving the future of healthcare

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Hospital medicine has rapidly become one of the largest specialties in the United States. As the number of practicing hospital medicine doctors soars above the 30,000 mark and healthcare reform takes hold, the specialty finds itself at the forefront of American medicine. And for good reason. It is a young, dynamic, varied and flexible specialty

Why is nobody talking about the discharge paperwork we give to our patients?

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

The discharge process has now been recognized as one of the most crucial points at which the actions of doctors and hospitals can have a huge impact on immediate health outcomes for our patients. At a time when 30-day readmission rates are still touching almost 20% for Medicare patients, there is an increasingly urgent need

Hospital medicine doctors: In the driving seat to improve patient satisfaction

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Improving patient satisfaction and enhancing the hospital experience is all the buzz today in healthcare. Every hospital executive across the country is talking about it, and coming to terms with how their organization’s reimbursements will be directly tied to their performance in this area. A decade ago, none of us had ever heard of HCAHPS

Virtual medicine: is it what patients really want?

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

The idea of “virtual medicine” appears to have really taken off in the last couple of years. With so many other aspects of our lives being conducted via computers, it seems like the next natural step for the medical field. Healthcare publications—both online and in print—have been frequently featuring articles about the rise of virtual

Are the days of the stethoscope numbered?

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

This seemingly uncomplicated device has been a symbol of the medical profession for two centuries. Dr Rene Laennec probably had no idea how his idea would take off when he first invented the simple wooden tube in Paris back in 1816. After a few modifications over the course of the next several decades, it evolved into what we know today.

Observation versus Inpatient: A different world for today’s medical residents

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Like a lot of physicians right now I sometimes have to stop and take a few deep breaths when I realize how quickly the world of medicine is changing. Having been out of residency and in clinical practice for just over 5 years, the pace of new developments is staggering. One of the biggest changes

Single-bed rooms are a must for future hospitals

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

                          It’s amazing to think that here we are in 2014, and the vast majority patients who are admitted to American hospitals are staying in shared rooms. Typically there will be two to a room for most patients (excluding of course the precaution

Two different worlds: Healthcare information technology and real life frontline medicine

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

A couple of weeks ago I attended a healthcare information technology event in Boston. The event focused on developing new technological ideas for the future. Most of the people in attendance were young, keen, entrepreneurial and seemed to have a genuine passion for improving healthcare. There were some great thoughts and ideas put forward, with

Relax with some tea, walnuts and a good book

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

  Stress is a modern day epidemic. Surveys consistently show that the majority of people regularly experience what they describe as moderate to high levels of stress. The list of things to get stressed about is endless—ranging from family and work, to finances and the daily shopping list! The demands of modern day life affect