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Pain is not the fifth vital sign
Pain is not the fifth vital signAfter years of exaggeration, misinformation and a national epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, the nation is finally coming to terms with the fact that pain is not the fifth vital sign.
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup call
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup callThe forcible removal of a passenger from the United Airlines flight has reminded flyers of their general dissatisfaction with the airline industry. Perhaps surprisingly, it should also be a stern warning to physicians
New strategies to assess the risk of diabetes-related vision lossA colleague recently told me that eye doctors should “stay within the lines” of traditional eye care because we barely have enough time as it is to do our jobs. My response was that today more than half of our adult patients have either diabetes or prediabetes, so our job now requires we go ”outside the lines” to avoid the leading cause of preventable blindness.
Patient needs should supersede insurance demandsAlmost every eyecare practice has a person, team of people, or outside service whose sole job is to manage problems related to facilitating the relationship between patients and their insurance companies.
Using technology, medical informatics in patient educationIncorporating new technologies is a must for ODs to improve patient communication and education. Multiple platforms of communication are needed in the 21st century to communicate and educate patients of very different backgrounds.
In-office lab testing provides diagnostic informationSimilar to the benefits that the primary care and pediatrics fields have enjoyed following years of rapid strep and flu testing, the uptake of rapid, single-use, point-of-care (POC) testing in optometry helps to guide clinical management and therapeutic decisions.
How to prevent tech revenge at your practice
How to prevent tech revenge at your practiceImagine coming into the office one day and getting word that all of your patient data, past records, tax documents, and financial statements had all been stolen—or worse yet, erased.
California team working to develop acne vaccineA vaccine targeting the protein that contributes to acne breakouts is in development at the University of California, San Diego.
Patients, physicians forgo adult vaccines over cost and coverage concernsPatients often go without vaccines due to cost, and physicians don’t always recommend them over concerns about reimbursement, according to a new study.
Using the extra eyes within your exam room
Using the extra eyes within your exam roomI don’t have periscope eyes, so I can’t peek around blind corners. Plus, my neck is stiff after years of hunching over a slit lamp. As a result, I can’t turn my head as well to get a good look around.