When it comes to healthcare..Big Data is a Big Deal via Healthcare IT Connect
While legislators talk about “bending the cost curve,” one company serving Medicare patients has discovered how to provide better care at lower cost—with wireless scales, free transportation, regular toenail trimmings, and doctors who put the patient first.
“noncompliance is our problem, not the patient’s.”
Called Blue Distinction Benefits, the group offering encourages members to use Blue Distinction Centers, a listing compiled by the BlueCross BlueShield Association of providers across the country who meet quality criteria in six separate high-cost, high-risk areas of specialty care.
Physicians will struggle to stay independent. The desire to join with a bigger entity to negotiate better rates with managed care, a generational shift as younger doctors decide they want balance between life and work (especially women, who now comprise the majority of medical students), and the rising overhead involved in running a practice. Ironically, physicians I’ve spoken with have cited the cost of health insurance for staff as a reason for joining up with the big boys!
They call it the golden hour: that first sixty minutes after a patient begins to experience stroke systems is the critical window for providing care that can minimize long-term disabilities or prevent a stroke death.
“Telestroke programs can reach patients in smaller communities and provide time-critical treatment to previously unreached people,” Carr said. “Increasing telestroke networks gives everyone a better chance of surviving a stroke.”
Interview Tips For When Someone Asks, “What Questions Do You Have For Us?”
When the interviewer asks if you have any questions for them, it’s your opportunity to show them how much insight, moxie, and knowledge you have stored up. Here’s your playbook.
Beyond showing how you’d hit the ground running—and helping the interviewer to picture you doing so—this question will preview what the working state of the gig is like.
This question will help you further fill in your forecast: Self-starting might mean you have little guidance; collaborative may mean you’ll be mired in meetings. Also, Gregorio notes, ask this will help the interviewer crack his or her robo-scanning and see you as a whole person.
Ask this and you’ll learn why the last guy lost the gig—plus get a fuller picture of what your potential employer counts as success. (Then, when you get the job, make those goals happen.)
“This question might take interviewers back a bit,” Gregorio says, “but their answer will be telling.” If they respond with an automatic yes! then you’re probably entering into a positive culture (or talking to someone in denial), and if they look askance and search for meaning, chances are there’s a storm a-brewing beneath the interview-y sheen.
Inviting a critique shows you can handle feedback, Gregorio says, and it lets the interviewers give voice to any worries they might have about you.
What else should you ask during an interview? Let us know in the comments.
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Tablet computers are overturning concepts of how clinicians will use technology, raising work-life balance issues, and having a beneficial impact on hospital IT budgets.
Outfitted with Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system, Azure cloud platform access, and an Office 365 account, a single laptop outfitted with CAMI software can provide teleradiology capability, extending the reach of specialists and yielding significant cost savings, according to the researchers.
Doctor’s office and emergency room visits are the most expensive ways to monitor and care for these chronic conditions. That’s why remote patient monitoring devices and software, which collect data from glucometers, blood pressure monitors, pacemakers and other monitoring devices at the patient’s home or elsewhere and send them to central monitoring systems for interpretation, are growing dramatically in use.