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Six Tips To Help You Provide Better Patient Care

July 22, 2016 by Anita Ginsburg

To ensure that you succeed as a health care professional, there are a number of ways to provide better patient care to meet each person's needs. By making simple changes with your interactions, you can excel in the industry and enhance the level of care that is provided to those who are suffering or want to improve their health.[read more]

Steering Patients Away From Cyberchondria [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 20, 2016 by Brian Wallace

Patients Googling their symptoms before they see a healthcare professional is a growing problem which leads to complications in patient care and well-being.[read more]

Speaking Up for Patient Safety

July 6, 2016 by Michael Jones

It’s happened to many of us. We show up for work, get our reports, and realize that we cannot safely perform our job under the current conditions. What can we do?A jury awarded Linda Boly, RN, $3 million for wrongful termination by Portland Oregon’s Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital last fall. A Legacy employee for 34 years, Boly lost her...[read more]

Obama's Precision Healthcare Initiative Ushers in a New Age of Medical Marketing

June 8, 2016 by Jonathan Catley

Just as healthcare treatments are becoming increasingly personalized, medical marketing efforts will soon be highly tailored to individual needs.The White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the key commitments of which were announced by President Obama in late February, aims to further the cause of highly personalized medical...[read more]

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Are Melodic Intonation Therapy and Rhythmic Mechanisms Enough to Legitimize Music Therapy?

May 19, 2016 by Andy Heikkila

As time has gone on, both support and skepticism have cropped up in response to the use of music therapy as a treatment. Recent claims have been made across the spectrum, ranging from music therapy’s ability to improve both physiological and psychological functions that help chronically ill patients breathe better, slow down the parasympathetic nervous system to induce relaxation, and even ease pain and stress after surgery--but can music truly be considered a form of medicine?[read more]

The Three Cs of Physician Reputation Management

May 19, 2016 by Tracy Knight

Have you ever Googled your name or the name of your medical practice and observed the top-ranking search results? Well, it’s safe to say that your patients have. Recent estimates confirm that eight in 10 patients report searching online for health-related information, and some even suggest that 62 percent of patients use third-party health ratings sites to compare and select their physicians. The problem, for doctors at least, is that upwards of half don’t have a strategy or conduct activities to manage their online reputations on these sites and elsewhere across the internet. Learn how to not be silent and on the sidelines when it comes to reputation management and how to make your online presence count.[read more]

Should the FDA Approve Experimental Treatment for Severe Diseases?

May 9, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

In the news recently is a conflict between families of kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A very small study of an experimental drug called eteplirsen suggested some benefit. But not enough is known.[read more]

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Telemedicine Is Growing, But HIPAA Concerns Remain

May 3, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

When telemedicine first debuted, its primary goal was to reach patients in rural areas suffering from doctor shortages. Telemedicine was also thought to provide a good option for patients who needed specialist care located far from home. This would limit unnecessary travel while increasing access to medical care.[read more]

Staying Healthy in Philadelphia's Hospitals

May 3, 2016 by Steven Wigrizer

Grey’s Anatomy. ER. Scrubs. General Hospital. St. Elsewhere. Chicago Hope. Just a few of the many television shows revolving around hospitals that have captured America’s imagination. While some of the portrayals of these medical institutions were accurate, many were fantastical representations of healthcare. Real-life hospitals are a fluctuating atmosphere of good and bad patient care, which often varies based on how well the staff works together.[read more]

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Overhauling Medical Malpractice to Address Defensive Medicine

April 27, 2016 by David Mann

there is a prevailing school of thought that American medicine is full of harm, that doctors make choices every day to harm their patients solely because they are afraid of being sued. Known as practicing “defensive medicine,” it refers to recommending a diagnostic test, procedure, or specialist visit that is not necessarily the best option for the patient.[read more]

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HIPAA Compliance Breaches Higher Than Ever: What Are You Doing About It?

April 26, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

In 2015, we witnessed the highest level of HIPAA compliance breaches yet, and 2016 isn’t expected to be much better. Even if you’re a small practice, you’re not immune to security breaches, and you’re probably making more mistakes than you realize. It’s essential that medical professionals make it a priority to protect themselves and their practices from such mistakes.[read more]

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Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis - A Deadly Mistake

April 21, 2016 by James Dezao

In 2015 cervical cancer killed almost 4,100 women in the United States. Although, great strides have been made in diagnosing and treating the disease early, resulting in a far lower death rate than in the past, the truth is that many women are dying needlessly or undergoing much more invasive treatment for cervical cancer today because of mistakes due to medical malpractice.[read more]

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