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RARE BREED: Dr. Thomas Bledsoe, a general internist and primary care physician at Brown Medicine’s East Providence Primary Care, says finding a primary care doctor such as him has become difficult for people in need of a new physician. Bledsoe is also president of the Rhode Island Medical Society.
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How to cure shortage of primary care docs?

When the phone rings at East Providence Primary Care, chances are there is someone in search of a new doctor on the other end. It...
LOSING CONNECTION? Dr. Kevin Baill, associate chief medical officer at Butler Hospital in Providence, speaks with Nikole Kennedy, operations coordinator. Baill says telehealth has been crucial during the ­COVID-19 pandemic, but he worries about more-stringent cross-border regulations.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Out-of-state telehealth visits hit some snags

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine was hailed as a lifesaver, allowing patients to see their doctor virtually without the risk of...

Five Questions With: Dr. Peter Hollmann

Dr. Peter Hollman was appointed president of the American Geriatrics Society in late August. Hollmann, who is chief medical officer at Brown Medicine, will...
CHANGING LANDSCAPE: Brown Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Hollmann said the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting change in health care, such as telehealth services becoming more common. 
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Dr. Peter Hollmann, chief medical officer, Brown Medicine

PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Dr. Peter Hollmann | Chief medical officer, Brown Medicine WITH MORE THAN 35 YEARS in the field after having...

PBN announces 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers honorees

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has announced its winners for its second annual 25 Leaders & Achievers Awards program honoring local business leaders. The individuals...
DEDICATED STAFF: Dr. Ana Tuya Fulton, back left, head of a special unit dedicated to seniors at Kent Hospital, speaks with, from left foreground, Dr. Julio Defillo Draibe; Leyda Urugutja-Cante, medical social worker; and Kim Jones, occupational therapist. Fulton said Rhode Island is among the top 10 states for its older adult population.
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Hospitals, health systems prepare to accommodate influx of older patients

Since February, when Kent County Memorial Hospital’s Acute Care for Elders unit opened, the 10-bed section has been full of patients age 75 and...
RECORD TIME: Brown University researchers have published a study showing that electronic health records are more stressful for physicians than they are helpful. At Coastal Medical, practice nurses, such as Margaret Hatzpanian, right, now handle most clinical documents and administrative tasks previously handled by doctors. At left is Stephanie Nunes, nurse practioner.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Brown researcher: Electronic health records create high stress for physicians

Physicians say electronic health records are stressful, but a survey of Rhode Island doctors and promising strategies suggest compromises between round-the-clock accessibility and reasonable...
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Five Questions With: Dr. Peter Hollmann

Updated at 10:55 a.m. Dr. Peter Hollmann has been named academic director of the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Brown University’s School of...
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