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How to stop robots from taking your job
Fortune
Rather than protect jobs or increase the minimum wage, we should consider improving our antiquated education system, says Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest. The robots are coming and they want your job. Savioke recently developed a three-foot tall SaviOne robot that replaces the human delivery of snacks and amenities to your hotel room. The robotic butler can navigate your room, make deliveries and even ride the elevator — all without sleeping or going to the bathroom. In addition, robots don’t quit their jobs, whereas the hotel industry, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, experiences staff turnover of around 50 percent in non-management staff.
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3-D printing changing the face of full facial transplant surgeries
3-D Print
Use your head. It’s a phrase we’ve heard all our lives — and often good advice. Now, scientists are taking this advice quite literally, in 3D printing models of patients’ heads to assist in facial transplants. Patients requiring facial transplants all have one thing in common: they have been through extreme trauma with examples such as dog, bear and chimpanzee maulings; shooting and construction accidents; and fires.
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Transforming decision support and reporting
HealthLeaders Media
New technology is enabling easier access to information, creating collaborative care team interaction and improved clinical outcomes. The next generation of decision-support technology leverages natural language processing (NLP) and continues to evolve by scouring unstructured text and presenting evidence-based medicine to providers in new, accessible and interesting ways.
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Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
By Scott E. Rupp
As "Obamacare" is entering its second year of implementation, and open enrollment is currently upon us, Healthline — a provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions — has released the results from a new survey showcasing consumer's thoughts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance. Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system.
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When does 'tennis elbow' mean surgery?
Philly.com
Lateral epicondylitis more popularly known as “Tennis Elbow” affects approximately 1-3 percent of population annually. It may occur in non-athletes and athletes alike. Interestingly enough, only about 5 percent of patients with tennis elbow are in fact tennis players. Treatment for this condition is for most part conservative. This means either local injections of small doses of steroid around the extensor tendon origin and lateral epicondyle (a portion of the elbow bone), physical therapy, bracing and observation.
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NPs, PAs use more diagnostic imaging compared to physicians
HealthDay News via MPR
Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) use more imaging than primary care physicians (PCPs), according to a study published online Nov. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Danny R. Hughes, Ph.D., from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute in Reston, Virginia, and colleagues compared the use of diagnostic imaging ordered by APCs (specifically, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) versus PCPs following office-based encounters. Data were obtained from 2010 to 2011 Medicare claims for a 5 percent sample of beneficiaries.
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Study: Female kidney donors have increased risk of preeclampsia
By Chelsea Adams
Female kidney donors double their risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to the results of a Canadian study published in the Nov. 14 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. While preeclampsia can pose serious health threats to the mother and fetus, the condition is usually manageable, and most women had uncomplicated pregnancies following nephrectomies.
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Listening to feedback, increasing surgeons' pay
Healthcare Professionals Network
Many employers are using feedback from 360-degree surveys — combined with coaching — to improve employee performance. The 360 degree evaluation model incorporates feedback information from a circle of stakeholders including subordinates, peers, customers and also an employee self-assessment. Now, 360-degree assessment is moving into the surgical suite. Studies show that such assessment can improve physician team performance and quality of patient care.
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