NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

The healthcare industry is facing a primary care physician shortage that threatens patient access to care in coming years. Leaning on non-physician clinicians such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could reduce the enormity of that problem, according to a recent report from the United Health Group. Currently, 13 percent of US patients live in … Continue reading NPs, PAs Could Reduce Primary Care Physician Shortage Nearly 70%

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Moving Beyond the Portal with Patient Engagement Technologies

As value-based payments push healthcare towards a culture of patient-centered care, organizations are looking for patient engagement technologies that offer more meaningful relationships than what are typically available through a basic patient portal. Patient portals have played a valuable role in introducing consumers to new methods of engagement with their providers. In pursuit of meaningful use … Continue reading Moving Beyond the Portal with Patient Engagement Technologies

Even the meagre promises of the Jobs Summit are empty

The talking heads at last week’s Jobs Summit among government, business and labour have decreed that they will create 275,000 jobs per year. If it was that easy, why didn’t they promise a million jobs a year? After all, they can always fudge the numbers, as they usually do. Jobs can, apparently, be conjured up by … Continue reading Even the meagre promises of the Jobs Summit are empty

Midwife Badra’s Story & Tomorrow Don’t Miss Our BBC Appeal

Somaliland has one of the highest maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the world. The lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 out of every 22 women. Here at Medical Aid Films, it's been our mission to address maternal and neonatal health using educational films.  We've over 30 films in Somali, supporting the training, continued development and e-learning of nurses … Continue reading Midwife Badra’s Story & Tomorrow Don’t Miss Our BBC Appeal

AMA Expanding EHR Training, Medical Education Consortium

The Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium launched by AMA in 2013 to promote EHR training, physician leadership, and other skills is so far yielding positive results, the association stated October 2. AMA and its 32 medical school partners recently committed to spending an additional three years on projects geared toward transforming medical education to better … Continue reading AMA Expanding EHR Training, Medical Education Consortium

Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

Stakeholders should entrust a single organization to oversee a nationwide patient matching strategy that involves using smartphones and biometrics to accurately pair patients with their EHRs, according to a new report from Pew Charitable Trusts. This vision for a nationwide patient matching strategy is likely attainable in the long-term, researchers maintained. Currently, there is no solution that … Continue reading Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

Convening a Digitally Enabled Ecosystem to Address the Chronic Disease Burden of an Underserved Community

The economic burden of chronic disease goes beyond the cost of treating health conditions; it includes the indirect costs of lost productivity. In 2016, this total burden approached $3.7 trillion, accounting for 19.6% of the United States Gross Domestic Product. The rise in chronic disease has been fueled in large part by the obesity epidemic; analysis has estimated … Continue reading Convening a Digitally Enabled Ecosystem to Address the Chronic Disease Burden of an Underserved Community