Discover 5 Things You Can Do to Eliminate Frustration With EHRs!

Discover 5 Things You Can Do to Eliminate Frustration With EHRs!

Electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to significantly improve patient care – that is if they don’t make your pull your own hair out first!   Recent studies show that physicians who have adopted EHRs are struggling to use them effectively.   The main problem? Physicians are having trouble figuring out how to best divide their time between the …

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Missed Appointments: Are Ride-hailing Companies Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Seven million Americans* miss a medical appointment every year simply because they can’t get to their doctors. While this affects the ongoing health of the patient, it also has significant financial ramifications for healthcare providers, who can be penalized for not delivering ongoing care to patients. Why would someone miss a medical appointment? There are many reasons – the most …

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Mind Over Matter – Can Mental Clarity Aid Physical Healing?

One subject that generates a great deal of interest in medical fields is the discussion concerning how much a patient’s symptoms may be impacted by mental health. It can be rather surprising for some to consider just how much a person’s physical health can be affected by the state of his/her mental wellbeing, especially when these effects are not the …

Surgery Center Deaths: Who Is To Blame, If Anyone?

Surgery Center Deaths: Who Is To Blame, If Anyone?

A recent USA Today front page article (click here), essentially did a hatchet job on surgery centers.  In the opinion of this writer, the article is misleading, misplaced and inappropriate. There has been a recent surge in the number of surgery centers – approximately 1,000 in 1988 to approximately 5,500 surgery centers in 2015. In all likelihood, the number will …

How to Prevent Staff Behavior Problems That Can Negatively Impact Patient Care

Bad Blood – How to Prevent Staff Behavior Problems That Can Negatively Impact Patient Care

Can’t we all just get along? Unfortunately, in the case of many doctors and nurses, the answer to that question appears to be “no.” According to “The Doctor-Nurse Behavior Survey” conducted by the American College of Physician Executives, outrageous behavior between doctors and nurses is still common in most healthcare organizations. In this article, we are going to look at …

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What Does Apple’s “Significant Contribution” to Healthcare Mean?

What Tim Cook Is Saying About Apple’s Future With over $7 trillion spent in healthcare in the last year, the industry constitutes almost 10% of the global GDP.  Apple CEO Tim Cook is running full force claiming, “The healthcare market makes the smartphone market look small,” and that “healthcare is big for Apple’s future.” This is apparent in the way …

Is It Credit Or Barter That Gave Birth To The Modern Economy?

For most people, imagining a life before money means thinking about barter trade. It’s become a commonplace assumption that is now widely taught in school and taken by many as the de facto past of human civilization. The common scenario is that of a baker who needs meat but only has bread to offer. He must go looking for a …

What is One Thing Nearly Every Medical Ailment Has in Common

What is One Thing Nearly Every Medical Ailment Has in Common?

Early detection greatly increases the chances of successful treatment. It’s a logical principal and has been the reason why for decades people have made certain to have routine dental appointments, doctor’s visits, and gynecology exams. The question is why don’t Americans routinely seek out psychiatric evaluations as well? Culturally, the United States has seen progress in how psychology and the …

The Problem with PANDAS

The Problem with PANDAS

Ever since human beings huddled in caves, we have struggled to make sense of a seemingly chaotic, nonsensical world. People aged, got sick, and died of mysterious causes that must have been terrifying both for the sufferer, his/her family and community. Some communities conceptualized sickness and death as punishment from angry, unseen gods. Others believed that we humans had the …

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THE CULTURE WARS

A Fresh Perspective on the Culture Wars

A recent interview was aired on Channel 4 News in which Cathy Newman, a journalist, interviewed Toronto University psychologist Jordan Peterson about gender. A video of the interview was posted on Channel 4 News’ YouTube page and has nearly two million views. Jordan Peterson became famous in 2016 when he openly said he would refrain from using gender-neutral pronouns when …

Patient Communication Needs Layman’s Terms from Providers

Patient Communication Needs Layman’s Terms from Providers

One of the most important aspects of quality patient care is healthy communication between patient and physician. A patient who fully understands what their provider is telling them is more likely to stay involved and engaged in their treatment plan. A roadblock to healthy patient communication is the complicated language that comes with being a provider. Terms that may be …

Attracting New Patients in 2018

Attracting New Patients in 2018

Providers are constantly looking for ways to draw in new patients to their practice or organization. It is an important part of growing a practice and increasing its revenue. It’s also the vital counterpart for losing patients. Even practices with the best patient engagement will experience attrition through circumstances surround relocation or even death. It can be a challenge to …

Can Technology Reduce Healthcare Fatigue?

The heavy load of responsibility that comes with working in the healthcare industry is rampant. Healthcare fatigue is pummeling physicians, taking a heavy toll on their ability to practice. What is healthcare fatigue and how is it impacting our physicians? What tools are there to combat it? According to Medscape, the industry is looking for solutions to combat “emotional exhaustion, …

Female Physicians are on the Rise in the US

Looking back on the history of medicine and physicians, it has always been a field dominated by male physicians. This links back to female independence and autonomy, which kept (and continues to keep) women out of high paying jobs as well as highly respected positions. Over the years, the ratio of male physicians to female physicians have slowly started to …

3 Ways Physicians can better the Doctor-Patient Relationship

In the modern world, the field of medicine is constantly developing at a rapid pace. Changes are made in the types of technology used in the office. Rules and regulations are always changing at the government level. And patients are changing the way they interact and work with their physicians. The doctor-patient relationship is evolving now more than ever. No …