What one thing would transform the way you practice medicine?

Melody Ng
Public Insight Network

Medical professionals: Tell reporters about your wish list.

Doctor and patient

Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka examines a patient at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Mass. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images)

Paul Manner, an orthopedic surgeon in Seattle, wants “less emphasis on mindless documentation.”

“I spend about 50 percent of my clinic time typing,” he laments. “Most of this is tangential at best to what I actually do for the patient.”

Family and addiction medicine doctor Manya Helman, of Silverton, Ore., wishes — if any fairy godmother happens to be listening — for patients to have health savings accounts from birth:

“The nice thing about HSAs is that if you don’t need to use it, the money is yours and you can pass it down to your children. … An HSA from birth means that patients would have enough money that if they needed care, they’d have the money. But they’d have no incentive to seek unneeded care.”

How about you?

Would one of the hot medical gadgets at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas help you do your job? Or, as we’ve heard from many doctors, do you simply want more time to spend with your patients?

Whatever it is, tangible or intangible, that you believe would make your work and life as a health care provider better, we want to hear about it. Help shape our ongoing health care reporting for the upcoming months.

>> Tell us: What would transform the way you practice medicine?



Melody Ng Analyst
Public Insight Network

As a Public Insight analyst, Melody Ng's job is all about finding out what people know, and then putting their experience and expertise to work making great news stories. She's particularly interested in getting diverse perspectives and voices into the news. So if you don’t hear people who think or sound like you in the news, then: Tell us what you know here. And come on into our newsroom!

Melody got into journalism through an internship with documentary unit American RadioWorks when looking for a different way to use the skills she had learned through doing science.