South Florida’s most influential people weigh in on current events. Read their thoughts on the biggest stories of the week and see what they think will make headlines next week.
Daniel Cane, President and CEO, Modernizing Medicine
Last week: I realize it was a little over a week ago, but the passing of Gene Wilder still gets to me. Yes, he was an icon, but hearing that he kept his Alzheimer’s diagnosis private because he “simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world” is touching. Here’s hoping the attention being brought to the disease will have an increased positive impact on finding a cure.
Looking ahead: Physician burnout is a growing concern. A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that for every hour physicians spend face-to-face with patients, they spend two more hours at the end of every day documenting what they discussed into the EHR system. That’s a lot of time to document what you did each day. But not all systems are the same, and some systems — like the one developed by Modernizing Medicine — are built specifically to save doctors time. We want doctors to continue to help patients, not spend time on administrative tasks, or even worse, retire.