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What exactly is telemedicine? As the word implies, it combines technology with medicine: it “enables practitioners to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using the latest telecommunications technology.” Then and Now Although the concept of telemedicine may seem thoroughly modern, its roots go back generations. In 1924, a magazine called Radio News featured a cover… Read more »

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Everyone wants to save money. In healthcare, that translates to cutting costs. Unfortunately, many cost-cutting measures are not the best thing for patients or care providers. There’s much more to this equation than the bottom line. What NOT to do A recent article in Harvard Business Review noted that many attempts to cut healthcare costs… Read more »

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Prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor, so they’re always safe, right? Wrong. Prescription drugs can be abused, too, and the statistics are grim. Each day, 44 people in the United States die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. One out of four teens knows a friend who abuses medicines to get high. Every day,… Read more »

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Technology in hospitals and medical offices is constantly evolving. Robotic surgery has replaced traditional surgical methods in some cases. Digital thermometers have replaced old-fashioned mercury thermometers. This technology has extended to sterilizing instruments, as well. Why is this important? There are guidelines in place for the level of sterility necessary for medical instruments. Sterility assurance… Read more »

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As managers, we intuitively know that giving and getting honest feedback is essential to grow and develop, and to build successful organizations.  So why is it that many of us put off giving feedback to our employees?  Maybe it’s because there are so many ways to mess it up. Here are some common feedback mistakes:… Read more »

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Trust is essential when building a healthy and productive work environment. Whether you’re leading an entire department or work hand-in-hand with a just a few coworkers, it’s important to build trusting relationships. Here are several tips to help build trust with both your coworkers and your superiors: Be honest and share information completely. Be straightforward and… Read more »

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I don’t know about you, but quite frankly I’m sick of hearing about the tough economy.  So today, we’re going to focus on 5 ways to turn negative thoughts into positive action. You have a lot of potential – start recognizing it! You may not be built like a body builder or be mistaken for… Read more »

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Imagine a scenario in which a patient goes to the doctor for back problems. “Surgery is one option,” the doctor declares. As the patient winces, the doctor continues, “But I think we should try physical therapy first.” The patient sighs with relief. Physical therapy can be an excellent option for many people – and not… Read more »

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Networking comes easily to some people. They can exchange business cards with ease, make new contacts at any type of event, and build a professional network without a second thought. For other people, networking is not so easy. The good news is that this skill can be learned and perfected over time. Networking 101 For… Read more »

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A patient portal can useful, but only if patients actually use it. Some patients may be interested right away, but others may be more resistant. They may prefer to maintain the old ways of communication or they may think the portal doesn’t apply to them. If they are not tech savvy, they may be intimidated… Read more »