Robert J. Winn's Blog

Is Crowdfunding the New Health Insurance?

Is Crowdfunding the New Health Insurance?

In 2015, the average cost of a hospital stay for cancer patients was $31,390. That’s half of the median household income for that year. It costs, on average, $292,000 to treat the most common type of childhood cancer. While some can rely on comprehensive insurance to...
What Can Be Done About Physician Burnout?

What Can Be Done About Physician Burnout?

Today’s physicians are expected to juggle more tasks, stay aware of constant changes to government and insurance regulations, and spend more time with patients than ever before. This increased amount of responsibilities leads to higher levels of stress, which in turn...
Skills Needed to Succeed in Emergency Medicine

Skills Needed to Succeed in Emergency Medicine

While all medical specialties result in saving lives, in no other specialty but emergency medicine do you get to have a hand in saving lives every single day. If you’re considering specializing in emergency medicine, you need to possess these skills for success....
Will Woebot Solve Our Mental Health Crisis?

Will Woebot Solve Our Mental Health Crisis?

A human relationship is based on trust and, in some ways, bravery. The choice to come forward to talk about our fears, our struggles, our tragedies can be a difficult one; human communication demands that we reach out to and confide in another person. Making that...
Gun Control Is a Public Health Concern

Gun Control Is a Public Health Concern

Since the tragic shooting at Columbine, the US has lived through some of the worst acts of domestic terrorism that the developed world has ever seen. From schools to churches to concerts to clubs to army barracks, many places formerly believed to be safe community...
Corrections Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities

Corrections Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities

When we talk about community health care, most people prefer to keep the conversation focused on our achievements and future possibilities. We talk about the local clinics that provide flu shots and screenings to uninsured families, about school health education...
A Need for Medical Empathy

A Need for Medical Empathy

A patient is more than a collection of well-arranged data points or a series of symptoms to be decoded. The rise of medical technology aides such as IBM’s Watson, which can sort through libraries of medical data in a matter of moments, has led some to speculate...