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Communicating Care with the Vulnerable and At Risk

Communicating Care with the Vulnerable and At Risk

With 95% of Americans already connected through mobile phone , and deaths from drug overdoses and suicide rising, there’s an obvious opportunity to take advantage of mobile technology to help change the direction and improve these mortality trends.  There are numerous factors that prevent individuals at risk of suicide from seeking help. Of them, stigma around mental health is a big one. Related to that sense of stigma is the belief therefore that, unlike physical health, mental ...
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Perioperative Surgical Home, the “Google Home” of Healthcare

Perioperative Surgical Home, the “Google Home” of Healthcare

If the digital world has Google Home, then the healthcare system has Perioperative Surgical Home, or PSH. Both are like control centers - Google Home is connected to numerous smart devices, while PSH acts as a coordinated workflow for all care providers. Additionally, Google Home has its smart Google Assistant, Amazon has Alexa, and PSH has its own lead coordinator – the anesthesiologist.  With Google Home, music, lights, switches, doors, temperature, or anything in Google&r...
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The Anesthesiologist’s Lane

The Anesthesiologist’s Lane

Telling doctors to “mind their own business” when it came to the discussion around gun control resulted in strong words and more, as they posted photos of their bloodstained scrub suits and started the hashtag #ThisIsOurLane. A Twitter account @ThisIsOurLane was born soon after with over 11,000 followers in less than a week, mostly doctors.  From stories of their gunshot patients who survived or died, to graphic images of the results of gunshot wounds, doctors delivered the...
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5 Causes of Physician-Anesthesiologist Burnout

5 Causes of Physician-Anesthesiologist Burnout

As physician burnout continues to be a severe and worsening epidemic in the United States, among anesthesiologists in particular it can pose an even bigger danger in healthcare. Anesthesiology as a specialty suffers higher degrees of burnout, according to an American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) abstract from a survey of resident and attending physicians in orthopaedic surgery and anesthesiology at urban medial centers who responded anonymously in 2017 to determine signs of burnout an...
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Anesthesiologists Tech Talk in #ANES18

Anesthesiologists Tech Talk in #ANES18

Bridging practice to innovation was the underlying message of this year’s meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in San Francisco held this past Oct. 13 to 17. Over 10,000 anesthesiologists and other health care professionals from around the world participated. The conference chose a keynote speech on harnessing innovation by best-selling author and tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner (@joshlinkner) “Health care is in the midst of upheaval, with new technology and ...
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Top 10 Anesthesiologists to Follow on Twitter

Top 10 Anesthesiologists to Follow on Twitter

While you may think anesthesiology wouldn’t necessarily be a popular topic of discussion on social media, the ten people on this list, and others like them, tell a different story.This is something the recent Anesthesiology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on October 13 to 17 highlighted.On top of the medical discussions taking place, there were also working sessions around social media that focused on: creating a personal brand, building awareness and credibility, social media strat...
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The OR eConnections (Pre-Optimizing the Patient)

The OR eConnections (Pre-Optimizing the Patient)

When a health condition needs to be addressed and surgery is necessary, how and where does a patient begin their wellness journey? What information is shared and with whom? How does a patient get through the PeriOperative process and arrive in the operating room in the most efficient manner possible? A surgical procedure does not just ‘happen.’  It involves a process that, thankfully, is foreign to most people.  This process requires answers to specific questions, deci...
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DEFINING TODAY’S DIGITAL PATIENT

DEFINING TODAY’S DIGITAL PATIENT

Helping prevent a suicide. Connecting the elderly. Tracking the responders. Today, care communication and delivery mean more than just what occurs within the hospital. For the vulnerable, the elderly, or the military, there’s a wider range for what “healthcare” means – especially once patient care goes digital.Connecting the patient to the health provider has become a basic in patient engagement, and industry innovators are using this core value to redefine care today. Pr...
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THE DOCTOR IS IN, THE PATIENT IS NOT (The Costs of a Day-of-Surgery Cancellation)

THE DOCTOR IS IN, THE PATIENT IS NOT (The Costs of a Day-of-Surgery Cancellation)

Scene: It’s seven in the morning; operating room 1 is ready; sterile equipment unpackaged and laid per protocol; the surgeon and nurses on stand-by.The patient: fasted for 8-hours; travelled from some distance with his family, who have taken a day off from work to be with him.The anesthesiologist: Checks the patient record; cancels surgery.Another day of surgery cancellation.The waste, the anxiety, the stress, the disappointment, the blame-game, and negative effect on reputations. It all h...
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The ePatient: Empowered and Engaged Digitally

The ePatient: Empowered and Engaged Digitally

A patient is a customer. The customer is the patient. The reality of the interchangeable meanings is that either is just a person being one and the same. The customer, who receives and pays his bills, is also the patient who tries to book an appointment with his doctor by phone.
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