The expert speaker is Bob Gregg, a partner at the Boardman Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in Employment Relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. He has developed the employment policies of numerous employers and reviewed hundreds of employee handbooks. Bob has conducted over 2,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. His career has encompassed canoe guide, carpenter, laborer, Army Sergeant, social worker, educator, business owner, Equal Employment Opportunity officer, and employment relations attorney. Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Speakers Association.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1:00-2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
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In this podcast, Gary Szasz, Founder and Sr. Vice President of Cellminder, discusses strategies that practices employ to communicate with patients, the advantages of virtual communications, the culture shift in practices necessary to increase patient satisfaction, the way practices can save time and money, and the other advantages of virtual communication beyond saving time and money.
SoundPractice interviews Dr. R.W. Donnell of "Notes from Dr. RW" medical blog, a hospitalist in Northwest Arkansas. Discussion includes how and why Dr. Donnell started blogging, effects on him as a physician and person, evidence based medicine, hospitalists vs. non-hospitalists, complementary and alternative medicine, spiritual review of systems.
Grand Rounds, the best of this past weeks medical blogging, is up at http://drcharles.blogspot.com.
About Grand Rounds:
"Grand Rounds" (Carnival of the Caregivers) -- a series of "best-of-the-week" posts from around the medical blogosphere, with rotating hosts. The target audience here is NOT other medical bloggers, or people in the health care industry. It's the educated but nonmedical readers coming from general-interest blogs. The idea is to introduce the wider world to the growing medical blogosphere -- the doctors, nurses, students, administrators, EMTs, techs, and patients who blog.
For more information visit http://blogborygmi.blogspot.com/2004/09/grand-rounds-submission-guidelines.html .
Discussion includes early history of medical blogging; if physicians are "happy"; views on choosing medicine as a career; patients views about physicians and what they go through; balancing patients expectations in providing personal care vs. managing time; blogging as a physician and blogging in general; advantages and disadvantages of using a blog as a tool to market a medical practice.
E-mail, as an element of a physician’s clinical practice, can provide the means to accomplish a variety of tasks more effectively and more efficiently, increasing patients’ involvement in their care and optimizing face-to-face office time. Concerns about billing, improper use, privacy, and confidentiality have complicated its introduction and acceptance. This podcast discusses guidelines proposed for clinical use of e-mail and barriers that will need to be overcome to move this mode of patient-physician communication into the mainstream.
SoundPractice editor-in-chief of The Journal of Medical Practice Management interviews Dr. Michael Tooke, Chief Medical Officer of The Delmarva Foundation. The subject is how the private practice office can convert to the electronic health record and take better care of patients. Dr. Tooke contends there are a number of factors making this a good time to convert.
Extracted from and article in The Journal of Medical Practice Management, this article discusses some of the pitfalls and pratfalls incorporating electronic records in into everyday practice.
Kent Bottles interviews Dr. Peter Basch, a Washington, DC internist who has many years of experience using an electronic health record in his practice. He has an editorial in this week's edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine on the EHR and offers practical advice on selecting and using EHRs in clinical practice.
SoundPractice discusses with Robert C. Tennant (CTO of CTO2), an independant IT consultant, the important issues for smaller medical practices to consider when looking to upgrade their technology in the small medical practice.
One of the greatest sources of innovation in medical informatics today is the U.S. military. A quick read of the latest DOD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announcement (http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/sbir/solicitations/sbir052/index.htm) reveals a call for technological solutions to problems ranging from training medics in the field to extracting wounded soldiers with unmanned autonomous vehicles. Given that the focus of the SBIR program is to get technologies into the hands of the general population, it's only a matter of time before these next-generation technologies will be available to clinicians. However, most clinicians are ill-prepared to accept even the current push for a ubiquitous electronic medical record. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has decided to address this latter challenge through its 10 x 10 program (10,000 physicians trained in informatics by 2010). While this initiative is laudatory in that it addresses a real need, the enormity of the task and the timeline suggest that training clinicians on even more advanced technologies may be untenable - that is, unless innovative education technologies are used to train overextended clinicians. Customized training through technologies such as intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) is one possible solution, but these systems aren't yet mature enough to handle the task.
This podcast addresses issues a physician should consider when responding to medical research gathered by a patient from the Internet, discussing both potential medical malpractice liability and offering specific, recommended responses for physicians whose patients conduct online medical research. Author Robert Falk presents practical hints for using the Internet to the advantage of the patient and the physician.