What are the Top Specialties to Benefit from Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is growing in popularity with physicians and patients and has seen the expansion of services into different medical specialities. Every medical service provider and specialist has the potential to use telemedicine for data sharing, video consultations and remote monitoring of patients.
It is incredibly useful for patients who live in rural and sparsely populated areas in providing access to specialists in various fields of medicine. This ensures that they get access to quality healthcare at all times.

· Teleradiology

CT scans, X-rays and other radiographic images can be sent from one location to the other. The records of the patient can be sent in a secured manner to a qualified radiologist at another location, so that the patient can get a good consultation without having to wait long for diagnosis.

· Telenursing

The use of information technology and telecommunications have made it possible to provide nursing services when a large physical distance exists between the nurse and the patient.

· Tele Psychiatry

Videoconferencing can be used to provide treatment to patients remotely. A wide range of services can be offered to patients including assessment and diagnosis, educational clinical programs, consultation between psychiatrists, medication management, and follow up meetings.

· Tele Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical solutions are provided to patients who may not have access to a pharmacist.

· Telepathology

Telecommunication technology is used to transfer pathology data for the purpose of diagnosis to distant locations. The pathologist then selects the video images for analysis and diagnosis.

· Teleophthalmology

Ophthalmologists can make use of technology to examine patient’s eyes and check the treatments given from a distance.

· Tele Obstetrics

Prenatal care can be provided by obstetricians from afar. This means that the recording of a baby’s heart can be done at one facility and the report can be sent to the obstetrician at another facility for diagnosis.

The benefits of telemedicine are not limited to any specific medical specialities, as they are a great fit for any kind of virtual medical care. Additionally, both private and government payers are now reimbursing services provided via telemedicine, and it could be a great additional source of revenue for providers.

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Medicine in the Future

It’s always challenging to find the projects that have the biggest possibility to be utilized in day to day medical practices, yet below include the most promising candidates that fulfill this idea.

Medical three-dimensional printing

If guns and additional items may now be printed and the biotechnology sector is working on even printing living cells; why might the appearance of three-dimensional printed drugs be a shock? It’ll ruin and re-design the entire world of pharmaceuticals, yet regulation will be a big challenge as anyone will have the ability to print any type of drugs containing patented molecules in their home. Bionic ears, as well as simpler organs are going to be printed at an individual’s bedside.

Gamifying behavior change

Compliance and adherence represent critical issues in improving individuals’ health and reducing the expense of delivering healthcare. Many start-ups targeted this problem with various solutions like a pill bottle which glows blue as a medicine dose should be consumed and red as a dose is missed; or small digestible sensors which may be placed inside pills and may transmit pill digestion information to family members and physicians. While individuals don’t like the word adherence as they have a desire to be partners with their caregivers instead of following orders, health insurance providers will utilize an increasing amount of information to check whether the individuals comply with their prescriptions to reduce their insurance expenses. The popular Pokemon Go motivated individuals to walk more which may lead to battling obesity when playing the game.

New diseases

 

New kinds of diseases are going to appear because of the excessive usage of virtual reality options in gaming and additional industries, which include healthcare. Virtual Reality as an extension of Internet activity and especially that of gaming also might lead to addiction. Expect to witness ICD codes that are assigned to these types of new conditions.

 

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Where is Medicine Headed in the Future?

The following three aspects are going to change the way in which medicine is applied:

Artificial intelligence

I have always been a fan of IBM Watson. I’ve seen its possibilities as massive opportunities in medicine. It has the ability to help doctors in day-to-day medical decision-making, even though it won’t substitute humans, whatsoever. As a doctor may follow a couple of papers, perhaps a few dozen papers using digital solutions, Watson will have the ability to read forty million documents within fifteen seconds and suggest the best therapies. Atomwise has the goal of reducing the expenses of medicine development by utilizing supercomputers to predict, ahead of time, which possible medicines are going to work, and which will not. Google Deepmind Health is utilized to mine medical record data to offer faster and better health services. This project is within its initial stage, and currently they discovered a partner within the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Britain to improve the treatment of eyes.

Genomics

Since the Human Genome Project completion that had the aim of completing mapping and comprehension of all human being genes, we’ve been envisioning the age of personalized medicine where all people receive custom therapy with custom dosages. According to Personalized Medicine Coalition, the fact is that there will include hundreds of evidence-based personal genomic applications. As we move ahead on this journey, we’ll have an increasing amount of opportunities for utilizing DNA analysis at a patient’s bedside that ought to be mandatory before prescribing drugs.

Patient empowerment

In the future, whether it’s the reliable and right medical data, medical records, or dynamic resources, everything simply will be available to all people which may not sound that intriguing—yet this would solely be the most critical development in the era of medicine. Patients will finally lead healthcare.

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Advances in Medical Technology to Look Forward to

Today, we discuss 3 top futuristic medical technologies:

In silico clinical trials

Transferring from extremely expensive and long clinical trials to small microchips that may be utilized as models of human organs, cells, or entire physiological systems offers clear benefits. Components or drugs might be tested on them without limits that might make clinical trials more accurate and faster (in all cases the circumstances and conditions would be the same). Organs-on-Chips technology has the ability to utilize stem cells to mimic body organs with a sequence of devices. Most specialists think this technology might revolutionize clinical trials, as well as completely replace animal testing. Also, it might improve cancer care.

Real-time data

It isn’t just about monitoring and checking vital signs –intervention is the key to better health. Imagine sensors embedded in the teeth that are able to recognize jaw movements, speaking, coughing, and even smoking in order for it to record when you consume too much food or smoke no matter what your physician told you. It’ll be very difficult not to follow your doctor’s advice. Imagine the exact same wireless technology utilized in organs that prove real-time data.

Medical tricorders

If using thin e-skins or having an embedded sensor isn’t a viable choice for us, let us make an old dream come to life. The idea of the Star Trek’s tricorder has been in existence for years and we still do not have it.

 

Devices like Scanadu is an early stage mobile device that empowers patients, or Viatom Checkme which not just measures an individual’s body temperature, but also traces ECG, measures rhythm and pulse rate, systolic blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and sleep and physical activity, fully transforming the concept of healthcare. Rather than frequently waiting for the verdict of a medical professional, patients will be able to control their own health.

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10 Unconventional Methods of Increasing Productivity

The way to sometimes boost your staff’s productivity includes the one you would least expect. The answer might lie in a thermostat or perhaps a light bulb. Even though some of the items might, at first glance, seem silly, the below list might be the key to boosting the productivity of your staff.

Just let the music play

One 2005 study proved that employees who listened to music when working completed their work more rapidly and produced better ideas than the ones who did not.

Adjust the lights

It has been shown that employees lose 15 minutes per day to eye focusing issues because of direct lights.

Encourage gum chewing

Gum chewing five minutes before doing cognitive activities enhanced performance for the initial 15 to 20 minutes after chewing gum. The explanation was explained as “mastication-induced arousal.”

Decrease meeting times

Each doctor, on average, in a medical group will lose $21,000 in charges per year because of time spent in meetings.

Go green

An exam of 5,220 French companies uncovered that workers at companies that observed eco-friendly practices were 16 percent more productive than average employees.

Institute naptime

…however, only ten minutes’ worth. Studies show it to be the optimal time while searching to boost the productivity of your staff, with lengthier naps creating groggy workers.

Shorten emails

Keeping emails specific and short will make them simpler to compose, thereby decreasing the time emailing and boosting the time spent doing work responsibilities.

Permit web surfing

Research from the National University of Singapore proved that mindless Internet surfing (done in moderation) actually can boost the productivity of your staff.

Supply snacks that enhance productivity

Coffee, green tea, yogurt, dark chocolate, walnuts, and berries all have been shown to affect brain processes which enhance productivity.

Thermostat adjustment

One 2004 Cornell study proved that increasing the temperature from 68℉ – 77℉ decreased typing mistakes by 44 percent and boosted typing output by 150 percent.

 

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Process Improvement for Increased Productivity in Healthcare

Practice managers in today’s healthcare environment in the United States are forced to work on a “putting out fires” basis as new changes, policies, and requirements shape our practice’s daily operations. With the shift from a fee for service to a value-based pay-for-performance healthcare payment model, practices are struggling to keep up with new requirements and quality measures while also maintaining a successfully operating and financially stable organization. However, practice managers and owners must ensure that they do not let the rapidly-changing healthcare landscape overwhelm them and lead them to overlook other equally important components of running a successful medical practice. In order to prevent this from happening, it is important to look at the processes that may be improved in a practice and to find potential ways to make those processes more efficient in order to free up more time and resources to keep up with new healthcare trends and requirements.

Some of the most common issues that may cost a practice unnecessary time and money, or even harm the practice’s reputation, follow:

1. Inefficient processes take up too much time and labor

It is very easy to get stuck in a process that may require unnecessary steps that could potentially be eliminated, just because that is how things have always been done. However, in order to maximize efficiency and productivity, it is important to look at your practice’s current processes to see if the same actions or tasks can be carried out quicker, in fewer steps, and with less employee labor involved. The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) delivery of care model proposes a great way of reducing inefficient processes by conducting PDSA cycles – Plan, Do, Study, Act. Such cycles involve planning and trying out new ways of doing things for short periods of time, observing the results, and deciding whether or not the new process should be kept or modified.

2. Inappropriate billing processes lead to significant financial losses

Sometimes billing processes are set up erroneously from the start, and the practice loses or under-collects money for years before realizing the mistake. For example, is the correct code being billed for a certain procedure, or is there a more specific one which is reimbursed at a higher rate? It is also important for billing managers to be familiar with the reimbursement rates for the codes that they bill most frequently, and to keep track of any reimbursement rate changes. For example, Medicaid has multiple plans which set their own reimbursement rates, but they still need to follow Medicaid guidelines. Sometimes, Medicaid reimbursement rates will change but these plans will not follow suit as they should—this needs to be caught and addressed with each individual plan before losing out on large amounts of money and then embarking on long resubmission and appeals processes.

3. Outdated technology causes delays in operations and inefficient processes
Technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that it is impossible to keep track of all of the new advances. However, sometimes new technology is introduced which can greatly improve your practice’s current processes to speed them up and increase productivity. For example, is your practice still using a conventional fax machine and spending money on toner and paper? Have you considered using secure e-fax services or HIPAA-compliant emails? Does your check-in process take too long, backing up your physicians and slowing down your patient flow? Have you considered electronic kiosks which allow patients to check themselves in? Do your providers use apps on their phones such as the Physician’s Desk Reference or Drug Interaction Checker apps to speed up their patient care delivery? Have you activated your EMR’s mobile app on your providers’ phones so that they are able to resolve patient issues securely from their cell phones? These are only some of the ways that new technology and applications can be used to increase efficiency and productivity at your practice.

4. Hostile environment and employee dissatisfaction lead to increased staff turnover

Does your practice have a hostile work environment in which your employees are clearly dissatisfied and frustrated? If there is a high rate of employee turnover, you are losing significant amounts of time and money to hire and train new employees. Not only does each new employee take weeks to be fully trained, for which you are paying without getting an immediate return on your investment, but you are also investing your time in interviewing, hiring, filling out new hire paperwork, setting the employee up in the EMR system and payroll system, and other such tasks. Additionally, you are also using up the time of your other employees who will need to train the newbie—time for which you are paying which could be used to complete other tasks. Furthermore, frustrated employees who leave your practice can also bring even higher costs—they can bring forth frivolous lawsuits, file for unemployment, and defile your practice’s reputation by presenting it in a negative light to family, friends, and on social media and other internet platforms, costing you new patients and tarnishing your practice’s credibility.

These are just a few of the most common issues that medical practices face on a daily basis which can be resolved with some time and effort on the part of the practice administrator, practice owners, and employees. It is beneficial to form a core multi-disciplinary team that will drive the process improvement movement forward, and who will be able to speak for the various departments of your organization. For example, your team can consist of yourself, a physician who is invested in the practice’s success, your front office supervisor or receptionist, a nurse supervisor or lead nurse, a billing representative, and possibly a patient or two who have been coming to your practice for years and are interested in helping it improve and grow. Sometimes an outside consultant or partner may be beneficial to bring new perspectives and ideas from an outsider’s point of view. Once your core team is formed, it is important to set and maintain a regular meeting schedule. Ensure that meeting minutes are recorded, and that all of your team members’ ideas are considered. By setting forth an environment in which your team members are encouraged to brain storm and present ideas for improvement, you are creating employee buy-in and engagement. This will in turn make your team members excited about seeing the changes that you are making create a positive impact, and this excitement will be transferred to the rest of the employees. It is important that all of your employees, not just the core team, are aware of your improvement efforts, and on board with them. By letting all employees know that they are welcome to bring forth ideas for process improvement, you are creating an environment of open communication. Employees who feel that they are being listened to and that their opinion and ideas matter will always perform better than those who are simply following orders. Additionally, the employees who work in the trenches day in and day out are the best sources of information and patient feedback. Once you have created the right environment for process improvement and engaged your employees, you will be amazed to see just how much can be done to improve productivity, eliminate waste, and increase revenue.

 

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us atwww.lmshealthpro.com.

About the Author:

Sonda Eunus is the Founder and CEO of Leading Management Solutions, a healthcare management consulting company (www.lmshealthpro.com). Along with a team of experienced and knowledgeable consultants, she works with healthcare practice managers to improve practice operations, train employees, increase practice revenue, and much more. She holds a Masters in Healthcare Management and a BA in Psychology.

 

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Top 3 Medical Technology Advances

As there are so many incredible things going on around the world in healthcare and medicine, a shortlist of 3 of the greatest developments and ideas would offer us a glimpse into medicine’s future.

Augmented reality

Digital contact lenses patented by Google have the aim of changing the course of diabetes management by measuring levels of blood glucose from tears. As the prototype is undergoing strict testing, regulations have prepared to rapidly permit the disruptive technology to enter the marketplace and benefit patients. Also, Microsoft Hololens may change medical education, as well as how we view the world by projecting digital data onto what we’re seeing. A German clinic began to experiment with an app using augmented reality upon iPads inside the operating room. During surgeries, surgeons may see through anatomical structures like blood vessels inside the liver without having to open organs; thereby they may perform more exact excisions.

Google Brain

Ian Pearson’s book, You Tomorrow, discussed the probability of one day having the ability to develop digital selves based upon neurological data. It’ll mean we would upload our minds to a computer then live on inside a digital form. As Google employed Ray Kurzweil to develop the ultimate AI controlled brain, the opportunity shouldn’t be so far away. We may have been searching for the secret of immortality in all the wrong areas.

Recreational cyborgs

 

Advances in the future of medical technology won’t just fix physical disadvantages like impaired eyesight, but will also develop superhuman powers from having the hearing of a bat to the eyesight of an eagle. While an individual wearing implanted pacemakers or defibrillators can also be added to the cyborg group, I expect to witness more instances when individuals request the implantation of a specific device without having any medical issues.

 

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Time Management for Healthcare Professionals

With your patients’ health on the line, you do not want increased demand to produce sloppy service, meaning now is the time to begin to hone your time management skills. Below are 5 tips for time management for healthcare professionals which should permit you to treat more individuals:

Set up Goals

As things get hectic, the last thing you’ll want is to run around like a chicken with your head cut off. Take some time to set up goals, as well as create a sense of purpose for the work week. Establish goals for thirty, sixty, and ninety days. Jot them down, and talk about them with the supervisor to receive extra input. Next, schedule some time at the start and finish of every week to assess your progress, action items, and goals.

Prioritize Your Work Day

When you arrive for work, it may be difficult to hit the ground running, yet time spent checking Facebook, wandering the halls, and drinking coffee is wasted time. Write out the specific tasks that you must complete every day and the time needed to complete them.

Ask Your Organization to Use EHR (Electronic Health Records)

Request that your organization switch over to electronic health records, if your employer has not already done so. Such records cut paperwork down while making it simpler to locate valuable patient data.

When Possible, Delegate

Do not assume you’re able to do it all by yourself. If there is extra available help, use it. Volunteers, interns, administrative staff, and medical assistants are there for a reason; therefore, take advantage of their assistance.

Understand When to Say No

Your coworkers know you are busy, yet that will not stop them from requesting help. Become realistic about your workload and agree only to take on patients or projects if there is enough time.

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3 Mistakes that Stymie Effectiveness in Healthcare Leadership

Effective leadership will require not just doing the proper things, but additionally knowing what not to do. Below are 3 mistakes to avoid.

Not scheduling time for learning conversations

As you listen, you learn. Arrange consistent opportunities to ask clarifying, concise and clear questions to your team members, as well as discipline yourself to actively listen. It’ll provide you with important intelligence to do two main functions of a leader: providing resources and removing obstacles.

You can’t know the obstacles impeding success nor the resources required by your staff if you are not consistently arranging highly interactive learning discussions.

Not consistently affirming

Maybe the most efficient tool for energizing, motivating, and emboldening your staff is the amazing power of affirmation. Simply put, affirming is catching individuals doing the right things and telling them about it. Do not just think about it; say it.

Misdiagnosing

As you go to the doctor, he’ll ask questions and most times follow up with tests prior to prescribing actions made to remedy an injury or illness. And why? For the security of patients and for the crucial business advantage of avoiding a malpractice suit. The exception might be under emergency circumstances in which time is of the essence.

If you’re always making choices in business as if you work inside the emergency department, your business’ health will be in a consistent state of trauma. A correct diagnosis of the “ailments” that affect your business is needed to make the choices needed to have a prosperous and healthy business. This process will necessitate collecting accurate and appropriate data—see the aforementioned part on scheduling time for learning conversations—rather than randomly moving forward with activity which may or may not generate the desired results.

Most executives or business owners want to bring in outside assistance to “treat” an issue which was incorrectly, inadequately, or improperly diagnosed. Prior to help being formally acquired, they must answer the following question: “What is it that we want to achieve?” With this question clarified, a decision might be made on how to accomplish the desired outcome as effectively as possible.

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Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927

Top 3 Ways Healthcare Managers Can Improve Patient Care and Outcomes

By Kristen Brady

 

These 3 steps may help healthcare managers concentrate and streamline the impact-planning and goal-setting process — then turn employee engagement results to clinical improvements:

Begin with the bigger picture

Healthcare leaders enjoy information. However, some love information so much, they’ll get lost in the figures and forget the reason behind collecting them. High performance managers can interpret and understand their employee engagement results of surveys; however, they do not lose sight of the eventual objective: developing better outcomes for employees and patients. By routinely communicating the outcomes and purpose of higher engagement, managers offer direction and set a firm foundation up for improvement.

Talk about your purpose

Most managers do not have talks about employee engagement often enough or consistently with their staff. However, to maintain commitment and momentum, managers have to make discussions concerning engagement that is central to team communications. Good managers ensure their staff may answer the following questions:
What is in it for our patients?
What it is in it for the organization?
What is in it for the team?

Have a goal at improving an operational or clinical outcome

As your staff knows the bigger picture and how engagement produces improved outcomes, set an operational or clinical goal — like decreasing patient falls, reducing readmissions, or cutting central line-related bloodstream infections – as well as make accomplishing it a priority for your department or unit. Talk about why this objective is critical, and ask the team to identify team and individual strengths which may assist them in meeting it. Below are a few questions to spark these talks:
What certain actions might we take to improve the outcome?
Where are our strengths as a team? How might we use those strengths to assist us in meeting our objective?
What objective should our employees concentrate on for the following several months? What might make the largest difference for our patients?

 

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