Dr. Todd Harris

Calling All Cards

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Calling all cards

December 7, 2015It is starting to appear. Like previous years, the arrivals will no doubt be slow at first but then show steady, daily increase – as each week passes, more and more will come.

No, I am not talking about the flu. This is something else – something much safer and much more fun:

A favorite RCAM holiday tradition has always been receiving holiday cards from our families.

[WARNING: The following could sound like begging.] If your family practices the tradition of sending a holiday card – particularly if it includes some version of a family photograph – please consider sending one our way:

Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine
Holiday Card Department
3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27612

Know that one of the best parts of this tradition is displaying the cards in our office.

Plus, we’ve taken it a step further: If you have sent a card in the last 10 years, it has been saved and cataloged so that each year’s card can be displayed together.

Finally, It doesn’t have to be a Christmas Card – any holiday will do – or just send a picture. We really just get a kick out of this visual of our families through the years.

Dr. Todd Harris

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.

Dr. Todd Harris

Product Recall: AUVI-Q

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

AuviQ Recall

October 30, 2015 – From the Auvi-Q website:

What should US consumers do if they have this product?

“People with an Auvi‑Q device are being asked to call 1‑877‑319‑8963 or 1‑866‑726‑6340, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET for information about how to return Auvi‑Q. They should also immediately contact their healthcare providers for prescriptions for alternate epinephrine auto‑injectors. Details about reimbursement will be available on www.Auvi‑Q.com as soon as they are available.”

Patients of RCAM who need a prescription for an alternate epinephrine auto-injector should contact our office.

Dr. Todd Harris

Dr Sena 25 years at RexThis morning Dr. Sena received the following note and a very large piece of hardware from Rex Hospital (it is heavier than it looks):

In honor of your more than 25 years of service at Rex Healthcare, we thank you for your compassion and commitment to providing excellent patient care.

With gratitude,

Steve Burriss and the Rex Executive team

You can’t argue with the length of his service – and those of us who have worked with him will not argue with the excellence. Thank you for your service and congratulations on this milestone, Dr. Sena.

Now you are looking pretty spry with your Sesame Street tie – how about 25 more?!

Dr. Jamila Fletcher

Dr Lily Harris FIRST DAY

September 14, 2015 – This morning we welcomed Dr. Lily Harris as she arrived for her first day working as a pediatrician at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine.

We make the distinction “first day working” here because this is not her first visit to RCAM.

A detail that has been stated before and will likely come up again: from early childhood though her teen years, Dr. Lily Harris visited RCAM as a patient!


You will find her bio here. … Continue reading

Dr. Todd Harris

One Year Ago Today…

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Gessners Before and After

September 2, 2015 – One year ago today came the answer to a question RCAM got asked probably daily for the prior two years:  When is Dr. Gessner going to be back?

On July 9, 2012, Dr. Rick Gessner, his wife and their 3 children began a two year medical mission.  Dr. Gessner treated a wide range of pediatric medical conditions at a hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. RCAM got Dr. Gessner back to our Brier Creek office on September 2, 2014. We were (and still are) very proud of what he and his family accomplished there. It was very exciting for the RCAM family to have them back home in Raleigh.

I asked Rick to comment on the milestone and this is what he had to say:

“I have really enjoyed being back in Raleigh, seeing old patients, and meeting many new ones this year. Our family has enjoyed the warm welcome home and we look forward to being here for many years to come…although we want to sneak back to Kenya for some visits from time to time!”

Dr. Todd Harris

RCAM Labor Day Holiday Schedule

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2015 Labor Day

August 31, 2015 – RCAM will have a limited clinic on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. We will see children with urgent medical concerns that morning by appointment only.

Dr. Jen Long is on-call for that day. If you have urgent concerns about your child’s health, call our main number 919-781-7490. If you think your child may need to be seen in the office, try to call before 10:00am.

Dr. Ben Meares

End of Summer Framed

August 26, 2015 – School has begun. As we wonder where our summer went, here comes talk in the news about flu and the sidewalk signs are beginning to appear in front of our pharmacies telling us its time to get our flu shot.

A few initial thoughts about flu vaccine as RCAM looks to the 2015-16 flu season:

  • The CDC and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.
  • If your child is under the age of 9 years old and getting the vaccine for the first time, plan to get two doses at least a month apart.
  • Get the flu vaccine but avoid getting a shot! FluMist nasal spray can be given to healthy children who are at least 2 years old and don’t have an underlying chronic illness.
  • The regular flu shot will also be available for anyone over 6 months old.
  • RCAM will likely begin flu vaccination at the end of September or October. Follow this blog – watch our Facebook or Twitter pages – we will get the word out as we begin to offer flu vaccine.

Dr. Todd Harris

New and Improved

Written by Dr. Todd Harris


August 22, 2015 – Welcome to the redesigned and ready-for-action Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine webpage.

Other than the ever-constant need to keep things fresh, we felt a change was needed because of TMI – because there is just way too much information out there.

“What?” you may ask. “Too much information? So you start a blog that will no doubt increase the amount of information? That makes no sense…”

Hold on – here comes an explanation: … Continue reading