Friday, October 24, 2014

Links for Computer Applications: AAFP Scientific Assembly 2014

Meaningful Use

         Stage 1

      13 required core objectives

      5 menu objectives (from list of 9)

     Total of 18 objectives  

         Stage 2

      17 core objectives

      3 menu objectives (from list of 6)

      total of 20 objectives  


EHR Selection & Implementation

        AAFP Center for Health Information Technology

        AAFP Health-IT Guides

    Selecting & Implementing an HER  

CDS Implementation Guides   

    How-to guides:

     Start with a Strong Foundation for CDS

     Assemble a CDS Implementation Team

     Plan for Successful CDS Development, Design, and Deployment 

     Roll Out Effective CDS Interventions

     Measure Effects and Refine CDS Interventions

Old Fashioned CDS System


Smartphone Apps





    Medscape Mobile App:  


        Leverage content

    Elsevier: ClinicalKey:  

    Skyscape: Omnio:  

Drug Reference



        Monthly Prescribing Reference:  

        Physician’s Drug Reference:

    Standalone or Omnio  



    Patient lists

    Aggregate patient data

    Order entry

    Charge capture  


        ePSS: electronic Preventative Services Selector


        Shots by STFM:  

        ASCVD Risk Estimator: ACC/AHA  



     Diagnosis search/differential builder


        Pregnancy wheel

     Huge range

Patient Health Apps

         Calorie counters

         Activity trackers

         Smoking Cessation:

         Patient Social Media:


         Exercise monitors



     Apple Watch: coming

         Sleep monitors


     Sleep Cycle:  


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Journal Club Resources

A good place to find Journal Club resources is the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford:

There you can find a step-by-step introduction to the process of EBM, including tools such as the worksheets to appropriately evaluated each type of article.

If you have any trouble using this site, or finding the correct worksheet, please contact me by email.


Dr. Z

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to ATP 4 - New Cholesterol Guidelines 2013

In somewhat of a surprise move, the National Hearth, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has partnered with the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) in order to get new Guidelines out the door.  One set, focused on Cholesterol, is essentially ATP 4 (Adult Treatment Panel 4) replacing the 12 year old ATP 3.  The links for this guideline can be found below.

Risk Calculator (Excel)

A good commentary on this subject can be found at Dr. Bilizarian's blog on Medscape.

A note, this risk calculator appears to overestimate individual risk between 75% and 150%, leading to suggest greatly increased statin use.  More to follow...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Resources for Toxic Exposures from Environmental Hazards

Excellent case studies in Environmental Medicine can be found at the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):

Abstracts for articles on BPA and Phthalates in Adolescents, along with opposing editorial in August 19, 2013 Pediatrics:
BPA article abstract: Bisphenol A and Chronic Disease Risk Factors in US Children

Phthalate article abstract: Urinary Phthalates and Increased Insulin Resistance in Adolescents

Editorial: Urine Chemical Content May Be a False Measure of Environmental Exposure

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NIH Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosing Gestational DiabetesMellitus

While the 2013 ADA recommendations support the 1 step approach to screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, a subsequent NIH Consensus Conference in March 2013 supports the previous 2 step method.  You can find the statement from this conference at :

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Diabetes Resources

Some new Diabetes resources:

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has a 2013 Comprehensive Diabetes Management Algorithm.  You can access it at:
Algorithm (pretty pictures):
All including Consensus Statement:

As always, the American Diabetes Association updates their Clinical Practice Recommendation every January.  The latest set can be found at:

The University of California San Francisco maintains a Diabetes Education Online site with a wealth of resources and easy-to-understand images at:

Check these resources out!

Dr. Z