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Health Tips for Busy Physicians

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 22, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Working in the medical field can be incredibly taxing. Not having a lot of downtime and always having to perform at your best can be tiring. Medical professionals have a stressful job and role in society. Here are a few tips for keeping your health in good condition.

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Topics: Mental Health, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Fitness Trackers to Save Lives

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 15, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Technology in patients’ hands can give medical professionals the help they need to ensure patients’ health. Instead of looking up their symptoms on Google, anyone can buy a tracker that can monitor their health. However, since the new technology became available, professionals have worried that patients would be running into ERs thinking they're having a heart attack, all because their watch sent them a warning. The future, however, is bright for this technology and could be very helpful to medical professionals.

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Topics: Prevention, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

The Issue of Online Medical (Mis)Information

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 8, 2019 6:45:00 AM

The internet seems to be a place where people think they can diagnose themselves instead of going to a healthcare professional. The biggest issue here is that if you look up "Why does my head hurt?" on google, you can end up with an answer like, "you may have a brain tumor." Nothing is going to stop this mass of people who use the internet. So, what should be done? More health care professionals need to establish online presence. Doing so would help create better responses and less havoc for people using the internet for medical knowledge.

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Topics: Prevention, Ask the Doctor, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

A Closer Look at "Surprise Billing"

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 1, 2019 6:45:00 AM

As the dilemma of "surprise billing" at hospitals around the nation gains scrutiny from the White House and Congress, many major hospital groups indicated they want a hand in shaping the conversation. In a letter sent to the Congressional leaders, from the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals, laid out principles they want legislators to consider as they seek to address the problem. Their solutions aimed at policies for health payers and asked for protection for the patients. Notably, however, they also opposed the controversial practice of balance billing by providers.

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Topics: News, Medical Law

Five Tips for Child Health From a Pediatrician

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 22, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Making sure your child is healthy in adulthood begins when he or she is young and full of life. Kids today have created bad habits for themselves that could lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in their future. However, this can be stopped by parents who are aware of the potential disasters their kids could be facing. Parents need to be good role models and exhibit better habits. Which in return would make the children follow suit.

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Topics: Prevention, Ask the Doctor, Patient Education

Another Falsified EHR Vendor Identified

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 15, 2019 5:45:00 AM

Greenway Health, A Tampa-based electronic health record (EHR) company has falsely obtained EHR certification and incentivized clients in exchange for promoting or recommending its products to prospective new customers, and because of this act, the company will be dishing out $57.25 million.

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Topics: News, Medical Law

The "War on Opioids" Needs to End

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

"With the first cut of the scalpel, excruciating pain exploded in my foot, and I was shocked speechless. I froze, paralyzed, terrified that any movement would jostle that knife digging into my flesh." Angelika Byczkowski, a patient suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) has felt multiple surgeries through anesthetics.

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Topics: Insider, Treatment, Opioids, Medical Law, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Big Hospitals Sue HHS

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hospitals are beginning to follow in the footsteps of the American Hospital Association and are suing the Trump Administration for its decision to institute site-neutral payments.

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Topics: News, Insider, Group Health Plan, Medical Law, Medicare, Doctor-Patient Relationships, Affordable Healthcare

Walgreens Becoming the New Leader in the Consumer Health Market

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jan 25, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Walgreens and Microsoft are teaming up to become the most efficient consumer health market available. The two powerhouse companies are going to bring new technology and retail innovations to alter the healthcare delivery space. This multi-year agreement is being aimed to lower the costs of medical supplies and improve patients’ wellbeing. Walgreens has been making impressive partnerships with companies over the last few months to bring their customers the best experience possible. Walgreens has also made agreements with Silicon Valley, Verily, Alphabet Inc. and LabCorp to bring both new technology and more effective healthcare resources to consumers.

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Topics: News

The Improvement of AI’s Application in Healthcare

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jan 18, 2019 9:32:34 AM
Artificial intelligence beat out a professional looking for precancerous changes in the cervix. The National Cancer Institute designed the AI's algorithm for low-resource areas. The machine was given around 60,000 images from a study done in the 1990s in Costa Rica. These images then helped accurately identify cervical cancer. When the AI was then tested, it overperformed from its human counterparts.
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Topics: News

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