Allied Health Professions Week 2014

Categories: Dental Assisting, Health Information, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy

Every year, the health care community desires to create awareness for particular health care related professions, including Allied Health. November 3rd-9th, 2014, is a week dedicated to honoring all Allied Health Professionals.  This event honors the more than 3 million health care providers working in more than 80 allied health professions.  It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators, and allied health accreditors. Who are Allied Health Professionals? Allied Health Professionals provide patient care, which including the medical, dental and pharmacy fields.  They work within a team to make the health care system function effectively and efficiently by providing a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services.  These professionals are crucial to the health care providers they support and the patients they tend.  It is estimated that Allied Health Professionals make up approximately 60% of the health care workforce. What are…

What is Reflexology and how does it work?

Categories: Massage Therapy

Reflexology is the application of direct pressure to specific points located in the hands, feet and ears. Reflexologists believe that these specific points correspond to particular organs and body systems throughout the body and that, applying pressure to those points results in physical health and mental benefits.  Although Reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure disease, it is often used in conjunction with other traditional treatments to help relieve symptoms and promote healing.  It is often used to improve conditions related to anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, headaches, PMS, and sinusitis. The origin of Reflexology can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations, with evidence of hieroglyphics documentation of pressure points on the feet, dating back to 2330 BC. In modern times, Reflexology was said to be further researched and professionally documented by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) with the…

What are the Factors of General Health?

Categories: Nursing

Many of us spend countless hours every week working out at the gym, doing yoga or recreational activities, and eating specific diets to achieve or maintain good general health. It is very likely, that most of us just continue with these rituals we have become accustomed to, knowing the result leave us feeling better overall. We all know that food, water and shelter are required to meet the basic necessities for life. After these basic needs are met, we are constantly attempting to obtain a higher level of overall general health. In addition to diet and exercise, there are a few factors that contribute to general health that may get overlooked. Let’s dig deeper into all contributing factors of overall general health: Diet/Nutrition-a proper, well balanced diet that consists of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Within those groups you can also include vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Water is also considered part…

How Technology Has Changed Healthcare

Categories: Health Information, Uncategorized

Over the past century, technology has changed the way physicians diagnose and deliver healthcare to patients. It has changed the way patients schedule appointments and receive treatment for ailments as well as the process for healthcare management.  The medical field has always integrated hand-in-hand with science and formed partnerships with the brightest physicians and scientists. Technology has advanced the medical field in many ways and has improved the mortality rate and general well being for patients. Internet-The Internet has changed the way patients are checked in and out of an office or hospital by using Internet based software. It has also changed the way physicians analyze data, with instant access to large quantities of data available with the click of a mouse. With the ability to search the Internet for symptoms and conditions to assist in the diagnosis and treatment process, many patients have taken their healthcare into their own…

Types of Health Information Certification

Categories: Health Information, Uncategorized

Health Information specialists are responsible for organizing and managing health information data. They ensure accuracy, quality, accessibility and security of patient’s health information in both paper and electronic environments. They use various classification systems to categorize and code patient information in a variety of settings; including doctor’s offices, hospitals and billing offices. They organize data for insurance reimbursement, databases, and registries, and they maintain patient medical information and treatment plans/histories. To begin a career as a Health Information Specialist, you can receive a degree or diploma through formal training at an Accredited College such as Arizona College. Although, certification is not required for a career as a Health Information specialist, certification is encouraged as it enhances your resume and can also set you apart from the competition. There are various types of certification, however, AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) is an industry leader, and has been providing quality and…