Having IT you can call on only when needed is probably the biggest challenge for us. We do not have any need for ongoing IT work, but have needed it when we have upgraded servers. This issue is somewhat by choice. There is a VAR that will run Aprima as a service, and there is a VAR that will place and maintain a server in your office, but I have chosen to have my own server.
There are several different types of headaches besides migraines, this is just the most common. If you are unsure what kind of headache you have, the headache overview page lists various types. Dr. Loftus also developed the iHeadache familh of products - an electronic headache diary that revolutionizes the communcaiton between patients and their physicians. Read more about iHeadache at www.iHeadache. Dr. Brian Loftus also practices at 6700 West Loop South Freeway, Bellaire, TX. He is accepting new patients at his medical office, and available for appointments, preventative care, medical care as well as ongoing patient care.
He lectures frequently to other physicians on the latest treatments in this field. The migraine section of this web site covers diagnosis, migraine treatment, and migraine prevention as well as the current thinking of the actual cause of migraine and head pain. Most patients diagnosed with sinus headache actually have migraines and this web site will hopefully help them seek better treatment. In addition, specific medications and their side effects are also discussed.
Dr. Loftus’ developed an interest in seizures from interactions with some of the patients at The Brookwood Community, a unique center for adults with functional disabilities. Many of their residents have difficult-to-control seizure disorders so Dr. Loftus has acquired extensive experience in using newer anti-epileptic medications including Diastat® (Rectal Valium), Keppra® (Levetiracetam), Lamictal® (lamotrigine), Neurontin® (gabapentin), Topamax® (topiramate), Trileptal® (oxcarbazepine), and Zonegran® (zonisamide) as well as the Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS). With the use of newer medications and the VNS, many more seizure patients have had success in improving their seizure control and most importantly their quality of life. There are pages for each of the anti-epileptic medications, including their side effects as well as the other neurologic uses for these medications.
I like the multiple levels of backup that we run and the offsite backups that we generate as well. I don’t like having something that is critical for my business to run day in and day out to be dependent on another company.
Houston is blessed with 2 MS Care Centers for adult patients. Some patients, however, have not been happy with these academic sites or do not want to wait to be seen there.
I would ask patients to keep a headache diary and most could not keep up with a paper diary. They either forgot to fill it out or forgot to bring it to their appointment, so I saw the need for an electronic diary that they could carry with them all the time.
Dr. Loftus is the Chief Medical Officer for BetterQOL, a web based portal being developed to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic diseases. Brian D. Loftus, M.D. received his B.S.
Dr. Loftus is president of the Southern Headache Society, member of the Comprehensive Care Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and member of the Healthcare Advisory Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s South Central Region. His interest in migraine headaches developed as he discovered his own migraines during his neurology residency.
Adam is a 2008 graduate of Bellaire High School and a 2012 graduate of Vanderbilt University where graduated Sum Laude in Mechanical Engineering. Adam is the Director of Business Strategy at Flagship Credit Acceptance. Dr. Loftus is an avid golfer when he can find the time to play.
As part of an effort to bring the best possible practice of epilepsy treatment to the most patients possible, Dr. Loftus has developed an online anti-epileptic adverse event profile which the patient can bring to their physician to show if they are having an adverse reaction to their current regimen. He in general no longer accepts seizures patients in his practice unless they are affiliated with The Brookwood Community. He has made a few exceptions for those patients with VNS devices that are having difficulty locating a neurologist to care for them. Medical Training & Board CertificationsDr. Brian Loftus graduated from BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE in 1990.
With your support, Houston Methodist provides exceptional research, education and care that is truly leading medicine. This web site represents the views of Dr. Loftus alone. It is not intended to allow patients/non-physicians to self-diagnose but rather to increase patient's understanding of their medical condition. Dr. Loftus believes informed patients can better assist in their own medical care, which results in a better outcome for the patient.
Astra-Zeneca, Eli Lilly, Glaxo Smith Klein, Opexa Pharmaceuticals, St. Jude Medical and Johnson & Johnson have provided research funding. Hospital AffiliationsAn affiliated hospital is a hospital where a doctor can practice and admit patients. Affiliation usually means doctors can admit patients to a hospital. He does not have any hospital affiliations listed, please contact the physician’s office as they may have hospital affiliations not included on this site. For my practice in general – we have been moving to an out-of-network model and charging reasonable prices to become less dependent on payers.
in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 1984 and M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Loftus also completed his internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to attending medical school Dr. Loftus worked for Setpoint (now Aspen Technology) as a consulting computer process control engineer.
Dr. Loftus has severed on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the South Region of the National MS Society and Clinical Care Committee of the National NS Society. He has chaired educational meetings for other neurologist.
We also started a non profit and our goal is to adapt iHeadache for research use so that fellows, residents, and physicians can use it for their own studies. We have also considered starting a pregnancy registry for headaches, and that may be our next endeavor after we finish developing the new iHeadache app.
By the time they check out, my documentation is complete and they leave my office with a typed plan that states what we discussed about their care, what was done at the visit, a list of current medications, and a plan for follow-up. Dr. Loftus’ has one son and resides in Bellaire, Texas.
I am probably more comfortable with this than most. I like not being dependent on the Internet to function and only having an onsite server allows this.
I have had one down day due to server issues in the eight years of my practice. Regarding implementations, we are working on integrating our depression, anxiety, and migraine disability assessment screening forms into our EHR. They will be saved as formatted data in the chart and then I can compare these scores over time. Patients will fill them out on an iPad when they arrive.
We do not have a timeline established for this, but it is relatively easy and we should have it implemented by the end of the year. Our EHR has also released a brand new version, so we will be upgrading soon. I type my notes while I am in the room with the patient.
He therefore still accepts these patients into his practice . United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) – Headache Medicine is a subspecialty of neurology, and is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of head and face pain.
iHeadache app (iOS app store), iHeadache Online (iHeadache) and iHeadache MD (iHeadacheMD) represent the most advanced and most widely used electronic headache diary system. His interest in Multiple Sclerosis resulted from years spent working with patients on a T-cell vaccine, otherwise known as Tovaxin. Being the principle investigator and the only site in the nation for the early phases of the study allowed Dr. Loftus to develop a better understanding of the patient’s perspective when it comes to choosing therapies. He has presented his MS research at national conferences as well as international conferences in Europe and the Middle East.