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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

2 comments on “Social Media & Healthcare: Discussions We Need to Have to Move Forward

  • Dr. Luks, great meta-post to round up what’s been happening. I do get the sense that we are a small vocal minority (I read somewhere someone called us a suprisingly inbred crowd, LOL) and the topics can be repetitive. It’s easy to get caught in those pitfalls you mention.

    But come to think of it, for ages we’ve been building medicine and science upon undeniably human nature-driven rituals of publishing, critiquing, duplicating, and aggregating stuff we have to say. I guess it follows that our behavior in social media roughly follows that MO, though tweets are infinitely less rigorous than a journal publication.

    There may be some good in repetitive discussions, especially since in many of the scenarios we’ve discussed, ethical consensus remains elusive.

  • Thanks for the comment on the current disruption as evidenced by @personalmed1 , @Healthtap , @doximity and so many others. As a fellow disrupter in the field of implementing mobile docs who are clearly “off the hospital grid” I have found myself staring down the barrel of a lawsuit from a multibillion dollar health system seeking to coffer it’s lab and MRI service line strategies on more than one occasion. But Christensen says that the phr will win the battle. Hope you can make it to dc! Natalie

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