Todd Harris, M.D.

RCAM NCHIE Exchange Web Announcement

December 3, 2015 – The meme above really says it all.

You likely received one of those beloved automated emails recently from our office (sorry – we really do try to do that as little as possible).

The Pediatricians at RCAM felt it was important to let you know that as of this week, RCAM – through the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) – can now share medical information over a secure exchange.

NC HIE is a secure computer system for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to share information that can improve your child’s care.

RCAM has used electronic medical records for almost 10 years (it seems like only yesterday). However, until now, to receive information from another medical entity, it had to arrive as a hard copy (typically in the form of – gasp – a fax) and then scan it into our medical record system. This process was similarly inefficient when trying to pass along information if your child saw a healthcare provider outside of our office.

RCAM’s new connection with NC HIE will add efficiency when we need to know – for example – when your Allergist at UNC gave your son a flu vaccine, details of your daughter’s trip to WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department, or what antibiotic both were prescribed during recent visits to an Urgent Care.

Keep in mind, it is still important to maintain a medical home for your child at RCAM (that statement is automatic whenever we use the word “Urgent” with the word “Care”). That means, whenever possible, it is best for your child to be seen at either the Duraleigh or Brier Creek locations by one of our providers. But we know that circumstances sometimes dictate otherwise, and it is best then for your child when that information can be linked to your child’s RCAM medical record.

We do not charge the patient for this connection. You don’t have to sign up for this service. Federal law allows this connection to occur automatically. If you do not want this service for your child, there is a method for ‘opting out’ – please contact our office if that is your wish.

Your Pediatricians at RCAM believe this type of sharing creates better, easier, and safer care by linking your child’s key medical information. If you have any questions, please be sure to ask one of us.

And, finally, to be completely clear – please – don’t share a calzone with a cat.

Jamila Fletcher, M.D.

2 Charleston Girls

September 21, 2015No, not really…

I see this a lot in the office – a parent hands a smartphone to a toddler – and I get why it happens – when it comes to keeping a young child ‘settled’ –  it really works in that moment…

But, the American Academy of Pediatrics points to some legitimate concerns about the impact of “screentime” beyond that moment for a young child.

Todd Harris, M.D.

Watch the Screen Time (Pun Intended)

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Old TV Screens

September 9, 2015 – Screens are everywhere.

I don’t think anyone is too surprised when findings prove that too much screen time is a problem for our children.

It seems that the growing and developing infant brain can find no substitute for real and personal HUMAN interaction as well as acting on the physical environment with imaginative play.

TVs, computers, tablets, game systems, etc. all seem to take the place of activities that are proving more and more to be essential for healthy development.

This is an interesting post on the topic that ran this summer in the NY Times:

Screens Taking a Toll