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Survey: Most Doctors Would Choose Another Career If They Could

September 16, 2013
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As healthcare executives, one of your greatest challenges is quite possibly having good communication with your doctors. Unfortunately, there can be a gulf between the C-suite and the medical suite. Take a second, then, and think about some of the physicians who are working the floors as you read this. Maybe one or two of […]

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Survey: Primary-Care Physicians Now Comprise Most In-Demand Specialty

August 29, 2013
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For years, if not decades, those considering a career in the medical field were told to, “Avoid primary care.” “You’ll work long hours for shoddy pay” went the reasoning. Then came, in no particular order, the physician-shortage crisis, healthcare reform, value-based care, quality outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, population health, etc. etc. etc. Now, the […]

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Telemedicine Continues to Transform Healthcare (Part 2 of 2): Care in a Kiosk

May 21, 2013

We’ve all seen kiosks in our local malls and shopping arenas. They’re used by businesses to sell basically anything, from food to novelty items to cosmetic products.  But what if they could be used for something more than pure capitalism? What if they could be used to improve the healthcare of a nation? This is […]

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Telemedicine Continues to Transform Healthcare (Part 1 of 2): Pharmaceutical Retail’s Next Frontier

May 21, 2013

A frequent topic that comes up in HCE interviews with healthcare executives, especially in relation to technology investments, is telemedicine. According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), over half of U.S. hospital networks have instituted a telemedicine program of some kind, Doug Desjardins writes in the May 2013 issue of Medicine on the Net. By […]

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Smartphones, Paving the Way for Healthcare’s Future (Part 2 of 2): A Generational Shift

May 20, 2013

A TEDMED conference recently held in Washington D.C. was attended by roughly 300 healthcare professionals and policy wonks, Lauran Neergaard, a medical writer for the Associated Press, reports. During the conference, attendees were given a “smartphone physical” that employed 10 medical devices newly released by the tech industry. Many of these were approved for sale […]

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Smartphones, Paving the Way for Healthcare’s Future (Part 1 of 2): The Plug-In Physical

May 20, 2013

With Star Trek Into Darkness blowing up the box office this past weekend, it seems only appropriate that we delve into some Trek-inspired technology–the smartphone–and its impact on healthcare. Lauran Neergaard, a medical writer for the Associated Press, reports, “…By hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical […]

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Harnessing the Hospitalist Movement (Part 1 of 4)

May 6, 2013

Specialists today are taking a much more sophisticated approach to managing the care of their patients. Gone are the days when a doctor would throw himself on the altar of all-hours, any-location availability. Ultimately, nothing leads to burn-out and professional fatigue more than a physician taking an imbalanced approach to his personal health and well-being. […]

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Da Vinci Robot Comes Under Scrutiny

April 10, 2013

Many of the organizations HCE has interviewed over the years have invested millions of dollars in the popular da Vinci surgical robot. When asked, these organizations almost always give the robot positive reviews and feel the investment was worthwhile. However, as The Associated Press reports, “The Food and Drug Administration is looking into an increase […]

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A Tale of Two Letters (Part 2 of 2): AMA Challenges CMS on Federal HIE Standards

April 4, 2013

Editor’s Note: In the second half of March, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services received two letters from influential voices in healthcare directly challenging recently proposed or enacted measures. The first challenge from the American Hospital Association regarding a new patient-experience survey was discussed in our last post. The second challenge from the American […]

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