Technology Advances Physician and Patient Interaction

"Wearable medical devices are not coming, they're here," says Russ Dorsey with Kassouf & Co.

Gastroenterology Specialists Merges with Gastroenterology Associates

On June 1st, Gastroenterology Specialists of Birmingham (GSE), a practice which includes Drs. Rohit Malik, Mukul Mehra, William Lopez, and Mohit Mehra, along with nurse practitioners Tiffany Purdy and Stacey Branham, has join...

Business

The Threat of Ransomware

The Threat of Ransomware

"It's so easy to get it," says Curtis Woods with Integrated Solutions in Birmingham about ransomware. One specialist practice in Birmingham has been hit three times. Another local practice lost access to 400,000 files for more than a day from an attack.

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New Diagnostic Tool Pairs Labs with Psych Assessments

New Diagnostic Tool Pairs Labs with Psych Assessments

Synergy Labs has just released new diagnostic software that helps physicians efficiently assess a patient's status in relation to psychological disorders, substance abuse risk, and pain levels. This digital tool, called Clarity, pools results from patient self-assessment tests and lab tests into a single screen to allow physicians an overall view for better evaluating diagnostic and treatment avenues.

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Patient Portals

Patient Portals

"Patient Portals are continuing to evolve, like all medical software," says Jimmy Chapman, president of MedConnect, which makes the EHR distributed by MediSYS in Alabama. "Portals will change communication between physicians and patients."

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Clinical

The Literary Examiner

The Literary Examiner

This is Your Brain on Parasites

by Kathleen McAuliffe

c.2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $27.00 / $39.00 Canada; 288 pages

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Regulatory/Compliance

Final Rule Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program Impact ACOs

Final Rule Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program Impact ACOs

On June 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that impacts Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

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Joint Commission Okays Texting of Patient Orders

Joint Commission Okays Texting of Patient Orders

The Joint Commission recently announced a change in its policies whereby it will now allow providers to communicate patient orders via text message. The policy applies to all Joint Commission accreditation programs.

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Feature Profiles

Going the Distance: Ross Committed to Marathons and Mission Work

Going the Distance: Ross Committed to Marathons and Mission Work

Dr. Nathan Ross always knew he wanted to be in the medical profession. But it was during his third year in medical school when he realized he wanted to be an OBGYN.

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Lake House Is Happy Place for Barnes Family

Lake House Is Happy Place for Barnes Family

When intense summer heat causes the asphalt to soften and emit a pale rainbow petroleum shimmer while the humidity level is just this side of unbearable, the sight of a large body of water is tantamount to an invitation to take a refreshing plunge.

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Reseach

UAB's Zhang to Custom-Engineer Living Tissue to Protect Heart

Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, MD, PhD brought his biomedical engineering expertise to UAB with a dream to create new tissue that can replace or protect damaged muscle after a heart attack.

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Grand Rounds

New Law to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

A newly enacted law expands access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse some opioid overdoses in certain emergency situations. The law allows Alabama pharmacists to dispense the medication to people in a position to assist others at risk of an overdose as well as to an individual at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose.

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Donlan Joins DCH Center for Occupational Health

Donlan Joins DCH Center for Occupational Health

Robert Donlan, DO has joined The DCH Center for Occupational Health.

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Douglas Joins Norwood

Douglas Joins Norwood

Gilbert F. Douglas, IV, DO has joined the Norwood Clinic Gardendale Primary Care practice.

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