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Interesting Court Case Prompts Medical Review Investigation

Easily the largest victory for physicians in Washington state this year, Dr. Diana Smigaj has accepted a settlement from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital over allegations the hospital used its peer-review process to push her out of practice. “I feel relieved it is over,” Smigaj wrote in an email Thursday afternoon. “It has been a long…
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8 Signs You Work In A Hospital

This BuzzFeed list gave us a good laugh this week and we decided it was too amusing not to share.  Working in a hospital can be stressful, but, it’s always good to know that other physicians and healthcare providers feel your same pain.  Here are 10 signs that you work in a hospital: 1. Hand…
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Why Patients NEED To Stop Looking To The Web For Medical Advice

Members of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) are endorsing the message that should force patients to be slightly more cautious when downloading and following health apps. Patients can fall victim to the dangers of relying solely on medical websites or mobile apps to self-diagnose illness or injury. Patients should be aware that despite the incredible…
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Social Media And The Dissemination Of Medical Knowledge

Despite the medical field being one of the most technologically advanced professional fields, it lags considerably and is largely ineffective when it comes to social media and the dissemination of medical knowledge. It is no surprise that physicians are influenced by thought-leaders and peer groups with whom they work. Typically, the medical knowledge pattern begins with…
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Old And Wise: We Still Want You – Locum Tenens

As technology has significantly advanced in the last decade, there has been a dramatic bump in the aging population.  Some researchers believe that one out of three United States residents will live to be over 100 years old.  But, technology and medical research has made the quality of life for the old and wise incredible. …
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3 Common Locums Gripes And How To Fix Them

Choosing your own schedule, traveling and getting to experience different healthcare facility settings are all wonderful benefits of choosing to be a locum tenens physician. But, everyone has a few gripes about their career. In an effort to help locums physicians to be more satisfied by their experience and facilities to get their best return…
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Paradoxical Answer To The Physician Work-Life Balance Struggle

Recent findings suggest a paradoxical answer to the physician work-life balance struggle.  Physicians work long weeks, often more than double a normal 40-hour work week.  Accordingly, it would come as no surprise that when a shift ends, a physician is anxiously awaiting the chance to go home. Conversely, if just a few minutes more were…
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Doctors And The Generational Divide – What Now – Part 3

American healthcare is rapidly changing due to healthcare reform. While change can spur fear in some and excitement for others, one overarching theme remains, each generation tends to deal based on their generational profile. The most pronounced change between today’s generations is the use of technology.  Similar to today’s patients, millennial doctors are ready and…
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What Impact Will Wearable Computers Have On The Healthcare Industry?

Google Glass, a wearable headset that displays a computer interface in your field of vision, has been welcomed by techies everywhere as a potentially revolutionary product. Through an amazing technological accomplishment, a contact lenses that works like the Google Glass is in the early stages of creation.  It appears as though Samsung will take on…
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Is Telemedicine The Gateway To Better Patient Care

Telemedicine has steadily gained momentum as technological capabilities have expanded.  The American Telemedicine Association defines telemedicine as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.”  By this definition, telemedicine would concurrently provide greater efficiency and improved patient care. Healthcare reform intends to improve patient care, improve…
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