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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]

Passive Medical Income While You Sleep?

July 18, 2014 by Tony Mork

medical income

Generating revenue from a website is not a strange concept. Unless of course, you are a doctor. Most medical professionals consider their websites as information portals with nothing to do with e-commerce, but as the money dries up with the actual practice of medicine, you need to consider some alternatives to bolster falling revenues.[read more]

Creating a Living Laboratory Together [VIDEO]

July 14, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

Salvato Trigo, founder of University Fernando Pessoa in Oporto, Portugal, envisioned a new kind of private hospital: Where quality and up-to-date education go hand-in-hand with access to healthcare services for those in need.[read more]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

Advanced Care Planning: What to Do Now

July 8, 2014 by Joan Justice

If you are an adult, you need to think about your future and your wishes and desires in terms of your health care. And you need to discuss these wishes and desires with those close to you. It is only by doing this that you can ensure that your choices will be heard. This is important![read more]

Patient Nonadherence: A Rational Reaction to Sub-Optimal Physician-Patient Communication

July 7, 2014 by Steve Wilkins

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Clinicians and provider organizations interested in improving patient adherence and reducing preventable ER visits and hospital admission (and readmits) should invest in assessing and improving their patient communication skills as well as those of the physicians in their provider network.[read more]

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Primary Care Physician?

June 6, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

What makes a good PCP?

In my interviews, primary care physicians report that listening is the key and most important attribute of being a good physician in primary care. By listening, they mean one who listens to the patient’s story without rushing it and without embellishing it. They let the patient develop his or her own story of their situation.[read more]

Want to Make a Lot of Money in Healthcare? Don't Become a Doctor

June 3, 2014 by Abby Norman

Doctors' compensation

The healthcare industry has one of the largest salary disparities of any industry in the US: top-tier CEOs can make upwards of seven figures when you factor in stocks and bonuses, while those who are treating patients in the proverbial “trenches” are making minimum wage.[read more]

Mosquito-Dissecting Robot May Bring Malaria Vaccine Closer to Reality

May 29, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

SporoBot (Image: Sanaria)

Biotech company Sanaria has spent the last decade working on a malaria vaccine that in early tests has shown tremendous potential to protect people from the deadly infection transmitted by mosquitoes. Now, to scale up, it’s turning to the crowd to fund a robot that would speed up part of the production process by 20 to 30 times.[read more]

Time: The Impediment to Being a Good Primary Care Doctor

May 29, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff
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The primary care physician (PCP) is the most broadly yet deeply focused care giver and as such is the backbone of the healthcare system. But to do this work effectively requires time – time which all too often is not adequately available. Lack of time is a real impediment to the best possible care.[read more]

Collaborative Mindfulness

May 23, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

Be a mindful doctor / shutterstock

Dr. Setu Vora exposed the myth of multitasking, with all the risks of error associated with not being in the present moment. He advised taking mini-breaks between patients to take a few breaths to symbolize a break between the recently completed task and the next task. He proposed the following tool kit for mindful medicine.[read more]

MedStar SiTEL Achieves Accreditation by SSH

May 16, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

MedStar SiTEL just achieved a milestone that sets them among the elite in medical simulation training. The group was recently granted accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the areas of Teaching/Education and Systems Integration: Facilitating Patient Safety Outcomes.[read more]