Burn Out, Real or Nah?

It’s more likely that we are acutely more aware of the battery life left in our smartphones than we are of the battery life left within ourselves. It’s no surprise that healthcare workers deal with their fair share of high stress and high risk situations, so it should also come as no surprise that we suffer from Burnout Syndrome.  Work environments are constantly changing.  Patient … Continue reading Burn Out, Real or Nah?

The Perks of Living the Life of a Health Care Traveler

At Advanced Health Education Center (AHEC), we often have individuals visit from other countries and incorporate an educational activity into their stateside visit. Last week we had two physicians from Poland who are currently on contract at the only hospital in Aruba. While they were here to formalize their ultrasound training, I had a chance to ask some questions about their travel experiences and how … Continue reading The Perks of Living the Life of a Health Care Traveler

Sound OFF: Medicare Cuts Imaging “bread and butter” dollars

People are talking! Discussing the Medicare cuts scheduled for operators of CR imaging equipment. This regulation was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 signed by the President in December, 2015. It caught many facilities in the crosshairs. Medicare is pushing imaging providers to adopt digital technology. CMS has scheduled reimbursement cuts starting in 2017 of 20% for those still providing analog imaging. There … Continue reading Sound OFF: Medicare Cuts Imaging “bread and butter” dollars

Starwars, Wearable Technology, and Virtual Healthcare

There’s no denying that wearable technology has become a hot arena for innovators. All types of applications are developing with a diversity that is astounding. The range of people utilizing the technology may vary from marathon runners to sailors to rhino conservationists or firefighters, exploring new ways of dynamically accessing data in real-time through Google Glass, smartphones, smart watches, and other devices. As part of … Continue reading Starwars, Wearable Technology, and Virtual Healthcare

Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die

“Jimmy Clark figures he has only so much time left, maybe five years in a best-case scenario, less than two if things go south quick. He’s trying to stay positive, knocking things off his bucket list, but he knows the deterioration that comes with ALS portends a gradual loss of the ability to speak, move, eat, and breathe. Clark, a 59-year-old Texarkana retailer, wants to … Continue reading The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die

Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

California Supreme Court Rules for Bans of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

This controversy continues to hold the spotlight. California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996.  The tax income it generates is astronomical, yet the California Supreme Court ruled last week that local governments have the power to rezone the dispensaries out of existence in their cities. The problem started almost immediately when the voters approved the sale but legislation didn’t spell out how sales or the … Continue reading California Supreme Court Rules for Bans of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries