Healthcare and Big Data 101

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Big data. The term sounds like it has to do with numbers in large quantities. It sounds far removed from individuals or from anyone’s health. Big data is everywhere, including healthcare. What exactly does that mean? What is big data? People toss the term around, but what does “big data” really mean? Bernard Marr examined… Read more »

Why Should I Join a Professional Medical Organization?

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What are IAHCSMM, CBSPD, AANA, AMA, APNA, and AAMA? Alphabet soup? Random letter groupings? None of the above. These acronyms represent professional medical organizations. What are the benefits of joining the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD), the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists… Read more »

Why Is It Important to Continue Learning after Graduation?

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Learning ends when school days are done, right? In some professions, the answer is yes. For many professions, including healthcare, learning continues well beyond a diploma. Learning that occurs after an individual has fulfilled their degree requirements is generally known as continuing education. It’s required in healthcare, as well as in many other fields, including… Read more »

Be a Problem Solver, Not a Complainer

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“Hello, what seems to be the problem?” That’s how many visits begin in the doctor’s office, emergency room, or other healthcare setting, but what happens when the patient begins to talk about the problem? Sometimes, the patient’s fear is paralyzing; in other cases, the patient may give a partial list of symptoms or be very… Read more »