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Doctors use mHealth technologies to engage in continued medical education

Report: Docs find mHealth tools beneficial A Deloitte report showed that 75% of doctors surveyed use mobile health technologies to view clinical data at the point of care, while 72% use them to research health conditions, diseases, interventions and prescriptions. In addition, 63% of doctors use mHealth technologies to engage in continued medical education. (9/18)

Why can any physician opt out of maintenance of certification requirements

ABIM weighs issues with MOC grandfatheringThe American Board of Internal Medicine says it is looking at problems with its Maintenance of Certification language and reporting with respect to grandfathered physicians who can opt out of MOC requirements. The American Board of Medical Specialties website does not list grandfathered doctors as meeting MOC requirements, something Dr. Mack Harrell, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, calls “a scarlet letter.” Clinical Endocrinology News (8/22)

Experts call for medical education to promote patient-centered care

Changes in medical education and training are needed to promote patient-centered care, experts wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. According to the authors, programs should develop and implement a clear and concrete action plan incorporating such steps as including the patient’s perspective in clinical discussions and documentation; including the family and patient viewpoint in teaching rounds, ward rounds and conferences; and seeking real-time feedback from patients. News (4/24)

Improving physician people skills leads to better outcomes

Study links physician people-skills training to better outcomes
Data from 13 clinical trials linked physicians who get training to improve their people skills to better outcomes for patients trying to reduce their blood pressure, lose weight or manage pain, according to a report in PLOS One. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital called the effects “modest” but said the results were comparable to those from studies that tested low-dose aspirin or statin medications for heart-attack prevention. HealthDay News (4/10)

Physician Shortage

Doctor, Doctor, Why Won’t America Let In More Doctors?
Forbes, December 2, 2012

3 Short-Term Ways Hospitals Can Fight the Physician Shortage
Becker’s Hospital Review, November 9, 2012

Disruptive Remedies for the Physician Shortage
HealthLeaders Media, October 25, 2012

IOM: Digital health data is critical to a continuous learning health system

Digital Data Improvement Priorities for Continuous Learning in Health and Health Care – Workshop Summary

Digital health data are the lifeblood of a continuous learning health system. A steady flow of reliable data is necessary to coordinate and monitor patient care, analyze and improve systems of care, conduct research to develop new products and approaches, assess the effectiveness of medical interventions, and advance population health. The totality of available health data is a crucial resource that should be considered an invaluable public asset in the pursuit of better care, improved health, and lower health care costs. This publication summarizes discussions at the March 2012 IOM workshop to identify and characterize the current deficiencies in the reliability, availability, and usability of digital health data and consider strategies, priorities, and responsibilities to address such deficiencies.

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HBA – Healthcare Business Acumen

In a recent survey, 26% of primary care physicians reported poor financial health, including:

  • 81%      of physician practice owners report profits are down from last year
  • 43%      of physician practice owners are having trouble covering their costs
  • 49%      of employed primary care physicians have not had a salary increase in the      last 1 to 2 years
  • 18%      have experienced salary cuts in the last 1 to 2 years
  • 80%      cited a decrease in reimbursements as the top negative financial impact to      their practices, while 71% cited a rise in operating costs

Source: “Struggling Primary Care Physicians Could Undermine Affordable Care Act,” QuantiaMD Press Release, July 31, 2012,


Healthcare Business Acumen (HBA)