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NYU nursing and medical students learn teamwork with virtual teammates
Medical News Today
Virtual interprofessional education found to be an effective learning tool. The Institute of Medicine has identified interprofessional education as a key innovation for achieving the triple aim of better care, better outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Yet, a shortage of qualified faculty and difficulty with aligning learners' schedules often prevent sustainable and scalable IPE. Now, a team of New York University researchers from both the College of Nursing and NYU School of Medicine, are addressing the barriers to widespread adoption of IPE.
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Salaries rose more for primary care physicians than specialists
Becker's Hospital Review
Median compensation for primary care physicians was $241,273, a 3.56 increase since 2013, while median compensation for specialists was $411,852, a 2.39 increase since last year, according to a study by the Englewood, Colorado-based Medical Group Management Association. The 2015 Provider Compensation Survey Report compared compensation data from almost 70,000 providers.
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Online education to help meet need for sophisticated health IT workforce
There is increasing need for sophisticated technology workers in the industry, and education is one way to meet that need, according to Health and Human Services Department employees Michelle Washko and Jon White. To construct a strong IT-focused workforce in a rapidly evolving industry, planning, building and time will be needed, Washko, deputy director of the National Center on Healthcare Workforce Analysis at HHS, said during a keynote address at the forum "Moving at the Speed of Healthcare" July 23 in in the District of Columbia.
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Surgical Sam helps train Boston Children's Hospital surgeons
The Boston Globe
In an operating theater deep in Boston Children's Hospital, surrounded by state-of-the-art medical equipment, a surgical team is on the brink of losing a young patient. Their goal was to locate and repair a perforation in the bowel, but something's gone wrong: The liver is bleeding uncontrollably, and if they can't staunch the source, the patient's chances are grim. Someone calls a code blue, indicating cardiac arrest, and a crash cart appears as a heart monitor reaches a fever pitch. And then, just as suddenly, Dr. Peter Weinstock interrupts and a startling calm replaces the crisis atmosphere.
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PPE used incorrectly half the time
HealthLeaders Media
The improper use of personal protective equipment among healthcare workers is "pretty pervasive in all institutions," says a researcher. Nine months after a Texas nurse contracted Ebola from a patient and a National Nurses United survey found that 85 percent of RNs reported they had not been adequately trained to protect themselves from infection, researchers find that training for healthcare workers using personal protective equipment remains lacking.
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U.S. News ranks nation's best hospitals
Healthcare Finance News
Massachusetts General Hospital topped the list of best hospitals in a U.S. News & World Report ranking released July 21. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked first in cancer care, according to the report. Massachusetts General Hospital ranked No. 2 last year, but reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Report's "Honor Roll," which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous specialties.
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NIST cybersecurity center proposes best practices for mobile EHR security
MedCity News
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards of Technology, is circulating a draft guidance on best practices for securing healthcare data on mobile devices. The draft, entitled, "Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices," is the first in a planned series of guidances on improving cybersecurity across many industries with the help of standards-based technology, the three-year old center announced. NCCoE developed the draft by running a simulated primary care environment to test the interactions between users, an EHR system and mobile devices.
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3 important considerations for simulation debriefing
For the past two decades, high-fidelity simulation has become a mainstay of advanced prehospital education. In-depth simulations utilizing expensive automated mannequins in replicated patient environments are quickly becoming the norm in training institutions worldwide, yet one of the most crucial elements of the simulation process, debriefing, is often glazed over. Debriefing is an important tool for educators, as it allows for the consolidation of knowledge and the reiteration of key learning outcomes.
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Bringing home baby: Training helps parents care for high-risk infants
Duluth News Tribune
Jenny Vergara's daughter was born prematurely the week before Christmas. It would be nearly Memorial Day before the child could go home. Unable to swallow properly, Vergara's daughter, Daenerys, underwent surgery known as fundoplication, which involves the installation of a feeding tube directly into the stomach. The Gurnee, Illinois, mom's challenge was to learn how to care for the tube not only to deliver nutrition every four hours but also to avoid infections along the way.
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EHRs far from interoperable — still
Healthcare IT News
The most valued patient data resides in the EHR, yet EHRs are architected to perpetuate data silos. Because of the lack of interoperability, healthcare providers can't achieve true care coordination. To date, EHR vendors have turned a blind eye to this critical flaw, and according to a new report from Boston-based Chilmark Research, there is no sign they will change anytime soon.
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