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What do you do with your earned miles and hotel points from traveling?
Most people join rewards programs to earn miles or points to be used for traveling. Points can be cashed in for free flights or hotel stays. This can be particularly beneficial for locum tenens physicians, who could potentially earn points while traveling on someone else’s dime. If you are part of a rewards program, how do you use your points?
Family Practice Articles of Interest
Primary Care 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.
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Technology is Changing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Source: The Washington Post
Whether they are ready or not, physicians must accept that technology is altering their relationships with patients. Almost 75 percent of adults in the U.S. search for health information online and many prefer to have access to their online health records. Due to changes by CMS, about two-thirds of physicians and most hospitals use electronic medical records (EMRs) now that they are provided with financial incentives, while only 18 percent of physicians used EMRs in 2001. While most have switched to the use of EMRs, many physicians are overwhelmed with keeping up with the data. This sometimes leads to physicians spending more time staring at their computer or tablet screen during appointments instead of focusing on the patient. Physicians need to remember patients are constantly researching health issues online and want more transparency with their records.
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