Dr. Oz is going to love this one.
At least, I think that he will. I’ve never actually met him. To be honest, I wouldn’t have a clue as to whether he’s really a good guy or not. In fact, I suspect that he’s never read my book, but I did devote almost an entire chapter to him, because he intrigues me by being a physician businessman.
My father, Dr. Terry David Bilhartz (1950-2014), passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the age of 64 years old. Cause of death was found to be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, two conditions that I manage frequently in my own clinical practice. At my dad’s memorial service, I gave the eulogy. I have received numerous requests to reprint the text version of the message for those who were present in spirit, but physically unable to attend. It follows below.
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You should know that medical documentation has gone awry. I devoted an entire chapter to this topic in Finding Truth in Transparency, but you really just have no idea. If you’ve been to the hospital or to the doctor’s office even once this year, I’m willing to bet that at least a portion of your medical information is now found somewhere within an electronic medical record (EMR). An EMR is really just some mega-computer that stores your health information. Lots of it. And, I guarantee you that the EMR that contains your medical chart is also full of universally unhelpful medical information. It’s bloated on purpose for medical billing. I’ve used eight different ones in the last 4 years and every one has been the same in this regard. Bloated.