Linking you to industry trends, tips, and news
This week, see what primary care physicians deem their biggest challenge in treating chronic care patients; discover how to find attractions, cafés, and other hot spots without a Wi-Fi connection during your next trip or locum tenens assignment; and more.
- Research findings published last month in American Family Physician reveal that patients in urban emergency departments (EDs) are likely to be seen by a family physician. While the family physician’s role in rural EDs is widely acknowledged, its impact in urban and suburban settings had not been examined prior to the new study, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- Need an easy tool for navigating journeys offline? With MAPS.ME—one of six convenient travel apps highlighted in a recent U.S. News Travel post—download maps of countries around the globe to find restaurants, shops, sights, and more without a Wi-Fi connection.
- An alliance between the manufacturer of TraumaMan—a surgical simulator approved for use in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses by the American College of Surgeons—and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has resulted in the donation of more than 100 simulators to medical schools throughout the world. Seattle-based Simulab is providing the simulators to PETA at a reduced cost and will supply discounted replacement sets to participating institutions, shares Reuters Health.
- American Airlines has introduced real-time online baggage tracking in response to customers’ requests for the technology. Currently, the service is available only through the carrier’s website, as reported by Consumerist. To pinpoint their luggage, travelers must click on the site’s “track your bags” button and enter their last name and bag-tag number.
- “Challenges in Caring for Patients with Two or More Chronic Conditions,” a report produced by medical services company SmartCCM, indicates 63 percent of primary care physicians consider lack of time the greatest challenge in providing care for their chronic care patients. Five hundred primary care physicians who treat Medicare patients were surveyed in July and August 2015 for the study, HIT Consultant reveals.
However you plan to spend the weekend, here’s wishing you a great one!