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What Different Nursing Degrees Do

October 25, 2016 by John Hennings

To patients, most nurses look the same. They wear scrubs, smile tenderly, and provide essential medical support everywhere from doctor’s offices to emergency rooms.However, to medical facilities, there is a world of difference between some nurses and others. There are a number of different nurse specialties and each variety requires...[read more]

The Legal Repercussions Of Tech-Based HIPAA Breaches

October 21, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

HIPAA regulations defining the proper protocols for handling sensitive medical information have been a great boon for patients, allowing them to pursue appropriate care – confident that doctors, insurance representatives, and other involved parties will protect their privacy – but are medical professionals honoring these practices? As...[read more]

Is Medical Accountability a Thing of the Past?

October 17, 2016 by Bert Louthian

One of the byproducts of the ever-expanding healthcare industry in the United States is a much higher degree of complexity. This is especially true when it comes to the patient-doctor relationship. Whereas a patient used to be treated by one doctor, they now may be given medical care by a long line of professionals.The changes in the...[read more]


RN to MSN: 5 Reasons Nurses Should Pursue That Extra Degree

October 14, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz

Nurses are often the unsung heroes of healthcare. They work long hours, perform tasks most people would cringe at, and often do it all with an abundance of care and compassion. Doctors may be the ones who make the decisions but it’s the nurses who follow through with those directions and have more direct contact with patients.A...[read more]

7 Ways to Leverage Public Service Messages in Healthcare Marketing

September 20, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Hospitals, as well as some medical practices, can use public service advertising (PSA) to communicate “messages in the public interest.” The good new and the bad news about public service tools in healthcare marketing is that it’s free. Well…that is to say, it’s nearly free.There’s no charge for any broadcast time or print ad space,...[read more]

Patient Experience: Why You Can’t Mandate Patient-Centeredness

September 19, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

 I was reading some of the writings of Dr. Lucian Leape, the father of the patient safety movement. Twenty-two years ago, Dr. Leape warned us that the hospital industry needed to do better in the area of safety.He demonstrated that we were riddled with unreliable processes, medical errors and unnecessary deaths and injuries. This...[read more]

Empowered Patients Demand Better Engagement from Clinical Trials

September 7, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

As healthcare consumers take more control of their path to treatment, pharma companies need to step up their level of engagement if they want to remain competitive.As digital technologies continue to shift patient and caregiver expectations, life sciences companies are attempting to ramp up their level of engagement accordingly —...[read more]

Social Media and HIPAA Compliance: What Medical Professionals Should Know

September 1, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

Social media is fast becoming one of the most impactful marketing channels for medical professionals; however, HIPAA regulations must be taken into account.More than ever before, medical professionals are using social media every day in both their personal and professional lives. And of course this isn’t a bad thing: physicians, nurses,...[read more]

6 Things You Can Do with a Health Science Degree

August 31, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

Selecting a major is a frightening process for many. Students want to choose something they love, so they aren’t stuck in a job they hate for the rest of their lives. But it’s hard to tell if you’ll enjoy your chosen field forever. That’s why it’s good to choose something with a few different career options.Health science is one major...[read more]

Does Joining a Medical Association Make a Difference for Physicians?

August 30, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

There are over 750,000 practicing doctors in the United States – but only around 15 percent of these doctors belong to the American Medical Association (AMA). State, local, and regional medical associations have similarly low membership rates. Why are so few physicians interested in becoming part of a collective? Are these associations...[read more]

Will the Next President Bring Multi-Payer Healthcare to the U.S.?

August 17, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz

This has been one of the most unusual election seasons in recent memory. Among other issues, it has started a debate on the future of healthcare in the United States. Will the next U.S. president introduce plans to migrate towards a multi-payer health care system?Presidential Candidates Attempt to Tackle Healthcare WoesDuring the...[read more]

How to engage your patients on social media – without violating HIPAA!

August 17, 2016 by Practice Builders

No business can afford to go without a social media presence in today’s competitive market, and your healthcare practice is no exception. But unlike the local movie theater or candy store, your healthcare practice has a big hurdle to jump when using this powerful marketing tool: HIPAA compliance.What is HIPAA, and what does it have to do...[read more]

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