Richard Rathe, MD

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Informatician

About Richard Rathe

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Posts by Richard Rathe:

At Risk with Pre-Existing Conditions

Posted: Jan 25th, 2011 •• Category: Medicine

One of the biggest fears facing Americans is loss or denial of health insurance. This recent analysis concludes that up to half of adults under age 65 are at risk of being denied due to a pre-existing condition. Note that the dark blue bars on the graph below are based on criteria provided by the […]

Web-Based Audience Response System

Posted: Aug 30th, 2010 •• Category: Evaluation, Teaching

Canvass ARS is a flexible and scalable program for polling a live audience. Instructors have the choice to use it as a stand-alone presentation tool, or integrate it with presentation software such as Powerpoint. It blends easily with other instructional technologies such as teleconferencing, streamed video events and Webinars. The audience is not limited to […]

Health and Human Society

Posted: Jun 28th, 2010 •• Category: Medicine

While searching for something else, I came across this important article from 2001 by Clyde Hertzman concerning the relationships between wealth, society, and health. One graph from the article says it all—the United States is deep in the “worse outcome, higher expenditure” quadrant. The author begins by defining the Socioeconomic Gradient as the relationship between social […]

My Twitter Feed(s)

Posted: Apr 4th, 2010 •• Category: General

I have begun using Twitter for links to articles and other sites on a daily basis. My Twitter address is:   My personal twitter address is:

New MedInfo Documentation Site

Posted: Mar 12th, 2010 •• Category: General

We are consolidating most documentation and policy information on the new site. Much of my operational writing is now contained there.

Using Powerpoint Effectively

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2009 •• Category: Teaching

I’ve collected various PowerPoint resources and links on a single page. These include my Using Powerpoint Effectively Handout and information about Edward Tufte, who has written extensively on the use and abuse of this ubiquitous tool. He is shown here explaining how critical information may become obscured by excessive bullets and other “auto content” features (as was the case with the Columbia disaster).

Ten Scenarios to Test Healthcare Reform

Posted: Sep 1st, 2009 •• Category: Medicine

First let’s define our terms… “Health is not a deliverable commodity and care does not come out of a system.” – Ivan Illich I fall back on this quote often because it reminds me of two important concepts: Health depends on individuals taking responsibility for their own behavior. Care depends on a relationship between two people (doctor […]

Competency Evaluations

Posted: Aug 5th, 2009 •• Category: Evaluation

Many clerkship directors are already using a feature of our legacy system called “roll-up”. These evaluations are done in two steps, with initial input from clerkship faculty followed by a summative evaluation completed by the course director. The data from the first step are rolled up and summarized on the summative form. This information is then […]

Rebuilding the Food Pyramid

Posted: Jun 15th, 2009 •• Category: Medicine

I remember growing up with the old Food Pyramid. It seemed so obvious to eat more pasta and skip the olive oil. How wrong they were! In 2004 I wrote a short review of Food Pyramids past, present, and future based on an article by Willett and Stampfer in Scientific American. Five years later I’ve updated and […]

New Course Evaluation Form

Posted: May 10th, 2009 •• Category: Evaluation

See example posted on posted on the MedInfo site.