FrontPageMag.com’s article “Health Care’s New Entrepreneurs” by writer Paul Howard gives a sucinct yet detail-filled overview of what docs are doing to overcome the obstacles primary care docs and patients face. Paul Howard is the director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and the managing editor of its web-based journal, Medical Progress Today.
Self-Prescription Glasses for the Poor of the World - From the Guardian: “What if it were possible to make a pair of glasses which, instead of requiring an optician, could be “tuned” by the wearer to correct his or her own vision? Might it be possible to bring affordable spectacles to millions who would never otherwise have them?” What an amazing concept! The inventor “has devised a pair of glasses which rely on the principle that the fatter a lens the more powerful it becomes. Inside the device’s tough plastic lenses are two clear circular sacs filled with fluid, each of which is connected to a small syringe attached to either arm of the spectacles. The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. When the wearer is happy with the strength of each lens the membrane is sealed by twisting a small screw, and the syringes removed. The principle is so simple, the team has discovered, that with very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription.” The British inventor’s quest is to offer glasses to a billion of the world’s poorest people by 2020.
New Exercise and Sports Regimen Brings New Injuries - The Wii, one of this year’s most popular Christmas gifts has the potential (like almost everything) to cause injury if misused or overused. The golf and tennis games in particular can cause painful sprains and fractures to players and observers when the controller is swung to simulate the swing of a racket or golf club.
How Microsoft Plans to Make Money in Healthcare - One is Amalga, a software system that allows hospitals to gather data stored in multiple silos and access it all in one place. A second is Health Vault, which allows patients to store their personal health information online.
Do Patients Trust Doctors Too Much? – An interesting article with very interesting comments that discusses patients grading physicians on public rating sites. The article points to patients giving good ratings based on the quality of the interpersonal dynamic rather than the quality of the medical care, while commenters discuss what patients base their assessments on.
Sex Chip May Make Viagra and Diet Pills Obsolete – Viagra may one day be history as scientists at Oxford University are working on an electronic sex chip that stimulate pleasure centers in the brain. For past few months scientists have been focusing on an area of the brain just behind the eyes known as the orbitofrontal cortex. This is associated with feelings of pleasure derived from eating and sex.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Ergonomic disorders including CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome), various tendon disorders and lower back injuries, are the most rapidly growing category of OSHA recordable injuries and illnesses.”
According to the site Ergonomics in Healthcare
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for $1 of every $3 spent on Workers Compensation in America and affect 1.8 million workers each year which many experts believe represents significant under-reporting of the true incidence of ergonomic injury nationally. Compared to other private industry sectors, the medical, economic, and social costs of work-related musculoskeletal disorders or ergonomic injuries in the healthcare environment are particularly serious and warrant special consideration.
To protect your most valuable resource, your employees, follow these guidelines and use the links below:
- Have an ergonomic specialist speak at staff meetings annually to educate your employees on ergonomically sound work habits.
- As a part of orientation, give new employees verbal and written instruction on arranging their workstations so they can be comfortable and safe.
- When an employee asks for a new chair, an ergonomic keyboard or a higher or lower desk, arrange for a professional ergonomic assessment (most physical therapy groups can provide this) to ensure the needs of the employee are correctly met. Ergonomic assessments for all employees is ideal, but not always possible.
- If staff are physically assisting patients or lifting them at all, institute a lift program and make sure you have the correct equipment to protect the staff against lifting injuries. Some private medical practices have a zero-lift policy, which means staff do not lift patients for any reason. Typically, family members and caregivers assist and lift patients in the practice setting.
- Consider wired headsets or wireless headsets instead of handsets for natural neck positioning when talking on the phone.
- Always document all efforts to provide your staff with a safe and comfortable workplace.
– excellent text and diagrams from ErgoSum Consulting on posture tips for sitting, standing, arms and hands, necks and shoulders, and much more
Ergonomics in Healthcare
– a very rich site (you do have to register to use the tools) that focuses on ergonomics and potential injuries to staff in assisted living, long-term care and hospitals.
While strolling through the Web today I found a wonderful list of 100 health blogs for kids. Some of these sites might be a fit for your patients or to post on your website. The blogs are broken down by Health and Wellness, Child Development and Mental Health, Specific Childhood Illnesses and Diseases, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Food Allergies, Vaccines, Dental Health, Childbirth and Breastfeeding, Podcasts, and For or By Professionals.
This list was compiled by and posted on Nursing Assistant Central, which offers readers information on a career in health care as a nursing assistant.
When your patients ask what internet sites your doctors recommend for reliable health information, do you have an answer? Many practices have embedded health information on their websites, or link to sites sponsored by their professional society (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons) or national non-profits (American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association.) Here’s a great article written by physician Patricia M. Hale, PhD, MD, listing her “top 5 safe web sites containing the best tools and resources for health-related information.”
Dr. Hale introduces her list and notes that:
“ There are many other useful health resources on the web but it is very important to be sure they are run by reputable medical authorities and contain accurate and safe information.”
Her top five are:
- Medline Plus
- Mayo Clinic
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Merck Source
- U.S. Dept. of State Tips for Traveling Abroad
Dr. Hale also advises:
One of the best ways you can be further reassured that the web site you are exploring is safe is to look for the Health on The Net Foundation
(HON) seal of approval. HON has strict criteria for approval of health related web sites and checks regularly to be sure their rules are followed.
What sites do you recommend and feature on your website?
BNET just posted a great video on Google Search tips. I use Google Search a lot, but had no idea how much faster I could search by using some of these ways to customize a search. You can watch the 7 minute video here, or I’ve collected some of tips below.
- To match exact words, put the phrase inside of double quotes. You can also put dashes between each word in a phrase and it will search for the exact words. (Examples: “”physician compensation models”" or physician-compensation-models)
- To search for a topic or phrase, but exclude something, use a minus sign before the exclusion. (Example: physician practice -hospital)
- To tell the search engine not to correct your spelling, put a plus sign in front of your search. (Example: +HIPPA)
- Type information straight into the browser, for instance: flight numbers, package tracking numbers, vehicle identification numbers (VINs), area codes, UPC codes, and patent numbers!
- To get a definition enter “define: and the word”. (Example: define:physiatry)
- Fill in the blank. Enter a sentence and use the * symbol for the information wanted. (Example: There are * family practice physicians in the United States.)
- Use the search box as a calculator. (Try it!)
- Use the search box to make a currency conversion.
- Type in a movie and your zip code to see where the movie is playing and what times it is playing.
And for those readers who want to take Google to the next step, here’s the way to customize your Google: How to search Google Wiki