About James Allen, MD

I am a Professor of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University and the Medical Director of Ohio State University East Hospital

The Effect Of Age On COVID-19 Mortality Rates

The Effect Of Age On COVID-19 Mortality Rates

Last week, I was asked if it would be OK if 20 family members visited one of my patients who is in his 80’s over the holiday weekend. My reflexive response was “Don’t come!” but it raised the question of what is the probability of dying should this patient get infected by COVID-19 and how […]

Good News For The 2020-2021 Influenza Season?

Good News For The 2020-2021 Influenza Season?

I have a confession… I am a flu nerd. Every winter, I check the Center for Disease Control’s FluView website¬†every Friday for epidemiology updates and I track the number of cases of influenza in our own hospital weekly. Most years, what happens in Australia in August and September predicts what will happen in the United […]

Optimizing Telemedicine Into Outpatient Clinical Practice

Optimizing Telemedicine Into Outpatient Clinical Practice

The medical field has been dabbling in telemedicine for decades but until now was held back largely by reimbursement. Quite simply, Medicare and insurance would not pay for it except in a few very specific situations. But COVID-19 has opened the door for broad adoption of telemedicine into regular outpatient practice. When COVID-19 first emerged […]

The Pandemic Of Dogma Within The Pandemic Of COVID-19

The Pandemic Of Dogma Within The Pandemic Of COVID-19

Our generation of physicians prides itself on the practice of evidence-based medicine. Ideally, this means making medical decisions based on peer-reviewed clinical studies and randomized, controlled clinical trials. It means getting away from the “this-is-the-way-you-do-it-because-this-is-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it” approach to medicine to ensure that patients get the best known treatment for any given medical condition. But what happens […]

Imagining Life After COVID-19

Imagining Life After COVID-19

It is mid-April and physicians and hospitals are already planning on how and when to re-institute normal operations, like flowers poking through snow after a cold winter. But it is pretty clear that the normal operations of the future will not be like the normal operations of the past. I’m using this post to speculate […]

Improving Your Camera Appearance On Video Conferencing

Improving Your Camera Appearance On Video Conferencing

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed business meetings forever. Committees and workgroups previously always met in person in a conference room but the need for social distancing has led to conference calls now replacing in-person meetings. Whether you use WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, or some other meeting application, you are now on video camera and […]