Category Archives: Patient Safety

The Future of Voice Assist Healthcare

In a world where you can order groceries or schedule an appointment without lifting a finger, small voice assist computer modules like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Siri continue to gain intelligence and work their way into the daily consumer’s life, including their health. It's not a stretch to believe that one day voice…
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Dr. Google at Your Service

Because nearly everyone has access to the internet, it’s inevitable that the most patients will turn to Dr. Google at some point to research their symptoms. In fact, it is estimated that one in three Americans use the internet to research a medical condition, whether for themselves or a friend or family member. Rather than…
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The Importance of Second Opinions

As a physician, locum tenens or not, coming up with the correct diagnosis a hundred percent of the time is not an easy thing to do. In fact, more than 20% of patients seeking second opinions were found to be misdiagnosed by their primary care provider, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic. Among…
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New Policy to Address EHR Demands

A recent study of physician EHR documentation shows physicians are spending less time with patients than anticipated. Researchers analyzed EHR data and found that, on average, physicians spend half their clinical time on EHR documentation, much more than previously thought. Policymakers and physicians have voiced their concerns regarding less face-to-face interactions between patients and physicians, however, evidence shows…
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Do Threats of Malpractice Suits Improve Patient Care?

The purpose of the United States medical malpractice system is to deter physician negligence, but is this always the case? A recent study by the American College of Surgeons seems to disagree. In fact, they found that state-to-state there was no direct correlation with the strength of legislation and improvement on patient outcomes. Furthermore, studies found that…
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Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 12th - March 18th marks Patient Safety Awareness Week. Did you know that one in ten patients develop a health care acquired condition during hospitalization and that 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths a year are caused by medical error? This week serves as a dedicated time and platform to grow awareness about patient safety. Launching…
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Which Note Taking Method is Superior?

With the increasing popularity of electronic medical records (EMRs), the traditional handwritten note is becoming more and more scarce in offices. While many physicians have their own opinions on this tech-centered switch, a new debate has come about: narrative medical histories or checkboxes? Both narrative style notes and checkboxes have their own lists of pros and cons. Checkboxes…
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Should Doctors Allow Patients to Read Their Notes?

Something that has been somewhat taboo for years, allowing patients to read their notes is something that more and more physicians are saying, "Yes," to. Sometimes, a patient's ailments or conditions hinder their ability to understand or remember what was discussed during their appointment with their doctor. This can lead to patients that are unable to…
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The Art of Delivering Bad News

Breaking bad news is never easy. It is a difficult task that can take it's toll on a physician and requires a thick skin to be able to leave those feelings at the hospital once your shift ends. Shock. Silence. Tears. Anger. These are all things a doctor can expect to experience over the course of…
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Where Are Patients Going for Health Information?

In today's technology-centered society, nearly everything can be found online. Majority of people turn to internet research before almost every big decision, healthcare included. In fact, roughly 72% of internet users seek health information online. With the internet's vast pool of knowledge, there are numerous online sources patients can look to for health information. Some,…
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