How Technology Has Changed Healthcare

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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

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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…

What is Chairside Assisting?

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Dental Assistants play a very important role in the dental office. The Dental Assistant often works along side the Dentist during patient examinations and procedures to assist her or him in the process. If you have had a dental examination or procedures performed by a Dentist, in most cases, a Dental Assistant was working “chairside” to assist the Dentist. Chairside Assisting refers to any operation that a Dental Assistant performs to assist the Dentist during a dental examination or procedure. Chairside Assisting can also be called, “Four-Handed Dentistry,” which refers to the Dentist’s two hands and the Dental Assistant’s two hands (totals to four hands), or “Six-Handed Dentistry”, which incorporates the Dentist, plus two Dental Assistants (totals to six hands). The Dental Assistant, who works chairside with the Dentist, assists in the processes to ensure that procedures and examinations are completed efficiently. Examples of Chairside Assisting duties performed by a…

The Art & Science of Compounding

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Compound Pharmacy is an age-old art that dates as far back as the ancient Egyptian era. With a Physician’s written prescription, a Pharmacist can create a custom-made medication by combining and compounding raw chemicals or powders. The new substance is then processed with special equipment and stored in a usable form for the patient. The medication is now tailored to the individual patient’s particular need, which encourages the patient to complete her required prescription. Pharmacy Technicians (under the direct supervision of the Pharmacist), assist the Pharmacist with the receiving, compounding and filling prescriptions. Pharmacists and Physicians work together to create a positive and effective experience for the patient. Compounding is very important and useful for a variety of reasons. With a Physicians order: Medication strength can be altered into a dosage that may not be typically available in a standard pharmacy The form of prescription can be altered to make…

It’s Back to School and National Immunization Awareness Month

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With summer break coming to an end, most children will be back to school beginning in August. This is a perfect time to reiterate the importance of vaccinations with August being National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated the month of August to educate the public and stress the importance of maintaining an immunization schedule proposed by the CDC. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. With the invention and constant evolution of vaccinations, many of the diseases that were common in century’s prior, such as small pox and polio, have been virtually eliminated from the U.S. population. However, with constant population increase and the invention of air travel, it is important to reduce exposure to other existing diseases that might not be prominent in the U.S., as well as other common diseases that…