In June 2018, I retired from a career practicing and teaching family medicine. I continue to write and speak about family medicine, the role of information technology in healthcare, rural healthcare, and community engaged research. In July of 2018 my book, DIGITAL HEALING: PEOPLE, INFORMATION AND HEALTHCARE, which is about information technology in healthcare, was published by CRC Press.Purchase Book
American healthcare is at a critical juncture. Both providers and patients are increasingly frustrated by degradation of the human relationships that lie at the core of medical practice. Author Marc Ringel takes a broad view of how and why healthcare and technology have come to their current predicament, and analyzes how to organize the work of healthcare in ways that use machines to do what they do best, thereby freeing humans to do what we do best.
At last a comprehensive, easy-to-read book that explains telemedicine in understandable terms for the practitioners and consumers whose lives will be transformed by the convergence of computers and telecommunications in healthcare. If you need to understand telemedicine but get lost in the technical jargon of existing references, this is the resource for you. Beginning with a practical and future-oriented definition of telemedicine, the authors include dozens of leading-edge examples of telemedicine in practice to illustrate the diversity of this technology. Biographical sketches of telemedicine’s pioneers are also presented to demonstrate the vitality and vision of health professionals who are leading the revolution.
American healthcare is at a critical juncture. Providers and patients are increasingly frustrated by degradation of the human relationships that lie at the core of medical practice. This book takes a broad view of how and why healthcare and technology have come to their current predicament, and analyzes how to organize the work of healthcare in ways that use machines to do what they do best, thereby freeing humans to do what we do best.Purchase Book
"The key to success of any chronic disease/care coordination telehealth program is a close relationship between the people with the disease and the ones monitoring their illness from afar." Page 135
"One shouldn’t automatically discount information available on the internet and social media just because it was put out there by laypeople and might never have been seen, let alone blessed by healthcare professionals."
"...clinicians, patients and the institutions meant to serve all of us have to figure out how to swing the pendulum back [from data collecting] in the direction of real human interaction."
Marc Ringel, MD, was born and raised in Chicago, attended college in New Orleans and Madrid, did his medical training in Chicago, and then became a rural family physician, starting with the National Health Service Corps in Yuma, Colorado, population 2000. For nine years he served on the faculty of North Colorado Family Medicine Family Practice Residency Training Program (NCFM) in Greeley. There he developed alternative training programs at Sunrise Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and a rural training track in Wray, Colorado.Read More