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Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 24th June, 2017.

Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration...Show More Summary

Residency programs and medical schools must prioritize advocacy training

Any physician who firmly believes in the ethical principles of beneficence and justice will recognize the legislation recently passed by the United States Congress known as the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) as a moral travesty. TheShow More Summary

Quality is this physician’s religion

My hospitalist medical group consists of as great collection of atheists, agnostics, and skeptics as you will ever find.  But we all agree that quality is our religion.  We believe to our last breath that patient care is sacred and an invaluable gift.  And so, as with all faith, there is no halfway.  You believe, […]

Doctors and cops can fight mistrust the same way

I read an article by Dr. Jarret Patton that reminded us that “Cops and doctors have the same problem: People don’t trust them.” I remember thinking to myself that I had to do something to help clarify the source of this age-old problem and also to help improve the situation. It is important for us […]

PLOS Collection on Minimally Invasive Autopsies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

PLOS Medicine Senior Editor Amy Ross introduces the Minimally Invasive Autopsy Collection High quality data on the cause of death are important to help prioritize health policies, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where mortality burden

Insider Tips to Help Meet Patient Management Standards in URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy v3.0 Accreditation

Today’s guest post comes from Russel Allinson, co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Clinical Officer of Therigy. Russ discusses the importance of understanding the latest URAC Specialty Pharmacy v3.0 accreditation requirements, particularly relating to patient management. Show More Summary

Why The GOP’s Plan To Change Medicaid Could Pass

The stock market loves the bill, seemingly because investors think it is unlikely to be passed. Here's why the market may be wrong.

The myopic focus on pain has been misguided

Pain is not a vital sign. It cannot be measured objectively, nor does an extreme value portend crisis as in the case of pulse or blood pressure. The myopic focus on pain in recent decades has been misguided and deleterious, and the opioid crisis is the result. Now, like ostriches with our heads in the […]

Searching online from a patient perspective can make you a better doctor

As a pediatric allergist, I treat several conditions that commonly affect children, including asthma, food allergies, eczema and allergic rhinitis. Almost everyone knows someone affected by some form of allergic condition, which makes for frequent questions from families, referring providers, and the public at large. Early in my career, I noticed that many patients (and […]

Examining How Senate Republicans Frame Their Health Care Bill

By JASON CHUNG You can find the full text of the Senate Bill here. Following is the Senate Republicans summary of their Obamacare replacement bill, with comments by NYU’s Jason Chung. Seven years ago, Democrats imposed a risky health care experiment on Americans that led to skyrocketing costs and collapsing insurance markets.  Senate Republicans are working

KLAS Report: TeleTracking, Epic Takes Lead in Patient Flow Performance

A recent KLAS report reveals that TeleTracking and Epic are market leaders in managing the patient flow of patients. Managing the flow of patients in an acute care setting is one of the more complicated challenges confronting providers today. Providers who were interviewed by KLAS reveal that TeleTracking leads every vendor in overall satisfaction of... Read More

Follow the Money: Non-Profit Hospital CEOs Quietly Collect Their Millions While US Health Care Reform Battle Rages

In Washington, DC the health care policy wars continue, with a few Republican senators working behind closed doors on a bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats decrying their secrecy. Just as...Show More Summary

A Few Ideas Are Starting To Emerge To Assist With EHR Frustrations. A Good Thing.

This appeared a few days ago:Why doctors hate electronic records — and what could change thatBy Dominic Fracassa June 12, 2017 Updated: June 12, 2017 3:19pm The health care industrial complex has spent billions of dollars and untoldShow More Summary

I Wonder What Is Going On With The ADHA's Openness. Becoming Closed I Guess!

I thought I would have a look to see what the new ADHA Board Minutes had to tell us. Sadly the latest minutes were rather old. (Captured 2:45 pm 23/6/2017) ------ Board PapersThe intent of the Board is to publish as many Board documents as is feasible. Show More Summary

Customers come second: That’s something health care can learn

“Management’s overall aim should be to create a system in which everybody may take joy in his/her work.” – W. Edwards Deming “Your skin is not thick enough to hear me yell for even ten minutes!” a 92-year-old patient’s family member shouted at me while attending a care plan meeting. I was soon asked to […]

Open up. Doctors need more transparency.

“Transparency” is the name of the game in the 21st century. Transparency is now required in any service-oriented profession, whether plumbing, law or real estate. Now, transparency has made its way into the field of medicine. I say this because medicine has historically been an opaque profession. Many physicians leveraged the fact that they were […]

How do we fix the apathy in nursing home staffs?

My grandmother’s room is silent, save for the plucks of sitar strings and Pixar movie soundtracks I try to stimulate her with. Instead of books, we fill the shelves around her bed with mouth swabs, drab hospital gowns and vials of baby powder. My grandmother — who walked an hour every day, who thrashed me […]

LivaNova’s Seizure Fighting Vagus Nerve Stimulators Approved for MRI

LivaNova, a company with offices in Texas and Belgium that makes vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) systems that help to prevent the onset of epileptic seizures, received FDA approval for patients with the implants to be free to undergo MRI scans. While some precautions are still necessary, the previous MRI related approval required special equipment to […]

Computer Vision Algorithm Studies Laparoscopic Procedures to Understand What’s Going On

Laparoscopic surgeries are often automatically recorded from the point of view of the endoscope’s lens. This is thanks to built-in recording equipment that accompanies many commercial endoscopic systems. What isn’t easy is reviewing all those hours of footage to find something that may be useful for training clinicians or that may be used to improve […]

HxRefactored 2017 Day 1: Purpose Driven Design, Health Equity, and the Clinician Experience

Welcome to Medgadget‘s coverage of HxRefactored taking place this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Now in its seventh year, HxRefactored, a Health 2.o and MadPow event collaboration, brings together healthcare designers, practitioners,...Show More Summary

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