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A few stumbling blocks to better healthcare

A few stumbling blocks to better healthcare

Source: Los Angeles Times

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, is brimming with ideas for how she could use technology to improve the practice of medicine. She's not thinking about exotic devices or personalized therapies; for Swanson, it's mainly about using communication tools like YouTube to answer the basic questions all parents ask so that she can focus her time with patients on their unique medical problems. The problem, Swanson said at the South by Southwest conference Sunday, is that insurers won't pay for the videos she creates to educate patients or the blog posts she writes about important new developments in pediatric care. No matter that these steps would lead to healthier patients who place fewer demands on the healthcare system.