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Emergency Medicine Career Articles of Interest
Emergency Medicine Physicians Diagnose Skin Conditions Through Tool Without Consulting Dermatologists
Source: Penn Medicine
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied how physicians use a software diagnostic tool for skin conditions. This innovative tool, VisualDx, helps physicians diagnose dermatological disorders without needing to consult with an actual dermatologist. The software provides almost 30,000 images for the primary care or emergency medicine physician to compare to the individual needing treatment. The researchers think this tool could aid in the accuracy of diagnoses while reducing the likelihood of harm due to misdiagnoses. View the complete article here.
Patient Satisfaction Rates Drop to Worst in Nine Years
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
The overall healthcare score for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in 2015 is 75.1 percent, which is the lowest it has been since 2006. Last year the score was 77.6 percent and 80 percent in 2013, according to the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index. The index’s managing director states the “rising demand” of the newly insured is “outpacing supply, coupled with increasing healthcare costs” which leads to lower satisfaction. There was also a 10-point decline for emergency room satisfaction. Read the complete article here.
Almost Half of Physicians Burned Out in Their Specialty
In a previous newsletter, we asked “Do you feel burned out in your specialty?” According to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46 percent of physicians surveyed felt they were burned out, which increased since 2013. The most burned-out physicians were from Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, HIV/Infectious Diseases, Radiology, OB/GYN, Neurology and Urology. An overwhelming number of physicians who answered our poll say they feel burned out in their specialty.
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