Survey: 32% of Healthcare Organizations Store Their Sensitive Data in the Cloud, Yet Lack the Resources to Protect It

Netwrix released an infographic based on the findings of its global 2019 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report for the healthcare industry. The infographic provides an industry perspective of the data that healthcare organizations store in the cloud, the state of their cloud data security and their plans for using cloud technology. 

The 2019 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report revealed that 32 percent of healthcare organizations store a wide range of sensitive data in the cloud, including healthcare data and personally identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees. In addition, the number of those who are ready to adopt Cloud-First approach has increased by 31 percent since 2018, and the number considering becoming 100 percent cloud-based has grown by 12 percent. Unfortunately, their IT teams might not have enough resources to properly protect this sensitive data in the cloud, as 85 percent of them did not see an increase in their cloud security budgets in 2019.

Other findings revealed by the research and shown in the infographic include:

“Prioritizing security efforts is the key to ensuring data security in the cloud, especially if budgets are tight, as is common at healthcare organizations. When organizations know exactly what data they have in the cloud and have classified it according to its value and level of sensitivity, they are in a better position to choose appropriate controls within their budgetary constraints and protect sensitive data more effectively,” said Steve Dickson, CEO of Netwrix.

“By 2022, more than 30 percent of the hospital data centers will be based in the cloud. Healthcare systems have been skeptical about adoption of cloud, but cost pressures and the need to reduce capital expenditure have been changing that mindset. After enduring several high-profile breaches and realizing the maturity of various cloud providers (both in expertise and scalability), healthcare systems are finally less skeptical than they used to be about the cloud.” — Gartner, “Forecast Overview: Healthcare Provider Market, Worldwide, 2018,” by Anurag Gupta, July 13, 2018.

Learn more about the findings of the 2019 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report for healthcare industry: www.netwrix.com/go/cloudsecurity2019_healthcare

Former PayPal CTO’s New Company, Global Care, Introduces Deep Learning Healthcare Analytics

Global Care Administrators announced that its deep learning health intelligence platform will go to market under the name Global Care Analytics (GCANA). According to company president, Scott Guilfoyle, the platform gives healthcare management a tool for key management insights within claims-and-cost and clinical data, and solid predictive analytics from local and/or global data via the desktop. 

Scott Guilfoyle

“Global Care gives the C-suite of health systems, hospitals, and medical groups the power to conduct deep analytics, and predictive analytics, of their data. The CEO, COO, or CFO can execute precisely targeted, complex queries on massive data sets with real-time or near-real-time responses by dragging and dropping preset queries into the engine,” says Guilfoyle. “We have a patented hyper-ingestion engine that can take in a million datasets a minute, which is amazingly fast and accurate. Then our hyper-digestion process uses neural networks to analyze the oceans of data, and become more and more accurate as it learns to refine its ability to make connections.” 

Guilfoyle, the former CTO of PayPal, and CIO of LendingTree,Bank of America Card Services, and GE’s Aircraft Engine Services, Aircraft Engines eBusiness, and Plastics Americas, believes the company’s deep analytics platform gives healthcare executives access to billions of data points for better organizational management, delivery of care, and population health. “Plus, there is enormous value in access to our global health data exchange. Each time we onboard a new client, and each time any and all clients query the platform, the ocean of collected health data in our exchange grows larger, and our platform grows more knowledgeable and more accurate.”

Global Care was founded by former senior healthcare executives who all, according to CEO Kevin Sullivan, “Understand the enormous value of the data trapped within a healthcare organization. This is the intelligence engine I wish I’d had in my former senior operations positions. The value of deep analytics will radically transform day-to-day healthcare management for the better. When executive management has desktop power to identify gaps in care or delivery of care services, outcome metrics, and the most complete real-time picture of the health of their patient populations, they can speed up more knowledgeable decision making. Speed, precision, deep knowledge, and agility through predictive analytics are tools they can use to radically change their landscape.” 

Guilfoyle says the analytics technology will be followed by what most healthcare management think of as “unobtainium:” A frictionless transaction (billing-claims-reimbursement) systemthat authenticates the patient, authorizes the procedure, files the claim with the payor, and reimburses the provider in real-time as care is delivered. Imagine providers being paid before the patient leaves the facility.”

He says company’s Global Care Pay technology could help eliminate some of the $147bn – $510bn of waste in administrative complexities and manual transactions. “Global Care Pay applies smart contracts and blockchain technology to make the transaction frictionless, immediate, highly accurate, and secure. It’s our next big step and one we’re really excited to bring to market in the near future.”

Sullivan says the two-year-old, privately-held company is raising capital, and it plans to build out the pay system on the foundational success of the analytics platform. “We’re way out front on blockchain pay technology, and our work with clients on deep learning analytics gives us the kind of real-world environment we need to fine-tune the Global Care Pay for a soft release in the next 12-14 months.”

The Plague of Data Breaches

It’s hard to understate how much the internet has benefited society. It distributes knowledge to the world, it allows us easy access to myriad services, and it makes it easy to communicate with people the world over, bringing us all closer than ever before. And that’s just the basic things the World Wide Web provides.

But, wonderful though it may be, the internet also holds its own perils. Cybercrime has turned into one of the greatest threats to businesses and by extension the whole of society. In 2018, a hacking attempt took place somewhere in the world about every 40 seconds. Billions of dollars in damages are attributed to cyberattacks every year. The health industry has become a favored target for hackers, mainly because of patient data which is valued more than financial information.

It’s a sad fact, then, that many businesses do not take cybersecurity, the only line of defense against this online onslaught, as seriously as they should. Around half of all businesses admit that they do not consider cybersecurity a very high priority. 

That is a mistake that could cost a company everything. This infographic, brought to us by HostingTribunal, serves to warn everyone about the incredible danger that are hackers. It lists all the most devastating and notorious cyberattacks to take place in recent history. These hacks caused monumental harm to their victims, and this visual journey details the exact extent of the damage as well as how the attacks happened — and lots more. So read on if you wish to learn about the biggest hacks in recent history.

Private Practice: Is Change the Answer?

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Solo or small medical practices are disappearing at a rapid rate. The reasons for this are simple: most are unable to stay afloat because of rising operational costs, reduced payments for services rendered, and the introduction of new regulations. Thankfully, if you want to remain in practice and continue to provide quality care to your patients, there are solutions. 

Lack of Insurance Companies 

The reduction in available health care options makes it difficult not only for patients to find a doctor but also for doctors to receive adequate payments. It seems the only one making out on the healthcare front is the insurance companies. Because of their limited numbers, they can pretty much dictate who a patient can see and how much a doctor can charge. This can put a person at a much higher health risk and cause a doctor to lose a large percentage of their income. On top of that, insurance companies can retract a payment previously made within the first 3 months. 

What Follows 

As a result of reduced payments for doctors, they aren’t able to provide a wealth of care. Usually, a visit to any doctor’s office requires a patient to wait for over 30 minutes just to get into an exam room. Then the doctor comes in, reviews the patient’s chart for a minute, and takes a glancing look at the patient while they ask what’s wrong. Doctors can no longer afford to chit-chat with their patients to find out what’s truly going on with their health. Instead, they have to schedule as many appointments as they can to reduce their losses. 

Adapting to the New Way of Practice 

It’s not likely that the current health insurance system will change anytime soon. It’s up to you to make a few changes in order to continue to pay your bills and your staff and to do what you set out to do when you first opened the office doors: provide exceptional care to patients. However, there are ways to cut costs and improve care. One way is to train employees for more than one position.

This will allow your practice to function efficiently and will also enable you to have fewer people on staff which, in the end, translates to reduced overhead expenses. Another way to keep up with the changing regulations and improve your bottom line is to use healthcare consulting services. These companies can provide the assistance you need to get your business organized, improve your billing process, and offer suggestions for implementing new services that can add revenue. 

Show You Care 

Many people shy away from traditional primary care physicians in lieu of healthcare clinics. The main reason for this is the clinics’ hours of operation. Healthcare clinics usually open earlier, stay open later and have Saturday hours. Changing your business hours to offer convenience shows your patients that you understand that not everyone can visit their doctor between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Even having flexible hours once a week, say on Wednesday, where you remain open until 7:00 p.m. will allow people to schedule an appointment for after work. In addition, get back to traditional standards where you provide a follow-up call or text to see how patents are doing. 

Presence on the Web 

Another way to add new clients is to have a website/blog. This allows your clients to keep in touch with the practice and give honest reviews of their visits. In turn, it will let you make changes based on the remarks you receive. In addition, having a presence on social media will bring traffic to your website/blog and help you gain new clients. 

Whether you have an existing practice or are making the decision to end a hospital residency and venture out on your own, having your own medical practice call be both profitable and rewarding. 

Improve Your Heart Health With a Few Easy Lifestyle Changes

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Heart disease is one of the leading killers of American men, with more than half a million suffering heart attacks each year.

While there have been fewer deaths in recent years due to medical advancements, the number of men who are being diagnosed with heart issues remains high, and prevention is better than cure.

Here are a few ways to improve your heart health. For more information and advice, visit https://thenewalpha.com/

Eat good fats.

Eating the right kind of fats is crucial for keeping the heart healthy. Diets high in saturated fats such as red meat, trans fats found in processed and fried foods, and hydrogenated oils can clog arteries and cause high levels of cholesterol. By comparison, unsaturated fats are proven to be good for heart health. Eat foods rich in these fats, such as nuts, avocados, and olive oil to raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol.

The omega-3 fatty acid is also proven to prevent heart disease, so adding oily fish to your diet twice a week can also improve your heart health. These fats are also present in walnuts and flaxseed, so sprinkle these on salads or cereals for a heart-healthy boost.

You should also up your intake of fruits and vegetables, as these foods are high in fiber and antioxidants. They also keep blood pressure levels healthy. High blood pressure increases the risk of a heart attack. This is because they’re packed with potassium, which is proven to lower blood pressure.

Get a check-up.

More than half of American men don’t get regular medical check-ups, and many don’t even know they’re at risk of a cardiac event. Conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes may have no symptoms, but can hugely increase the risk of a heart attack. Make annual visits to your doctor, and any potential problems are more likely to be caught early.

Exercise.

Obvious and essential. Many men don’t exercise regularly, and the older we get, the harder it is for us to get motivated to start a new regimen. Simply lifting weights isn’t enough. Men need 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, such as aerobics, running, or swimming five times a week. Make it vigorous. You need to be breaking a sweat for it to work.

Quit smoking.

There are tens of millions of men in the United States that smoke, but smoking, even chewing tobacco, is a major risk factor for heart issues. If you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. We know it’s hard, but ask friends and family for advice and talk to your doctor about any help they may be able to offer you.

De-stress.

Men tend to handle stress by keeping it all inside. This type of chronic stress can lead to increased risk of heart disease. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about the things that are causing you stress just yet, try other techniques such as breathing techniques, massage, or meditation.

Most Effective Home Remedies To Recover From A Sprained Ankle

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Getting a sprained ankle disrupts your routine. It keeps you from your sports or exercise regimen, forcing you to cut back your activity to virtually nothing. If you’re competitive, you’ll get antsy while in recovery mode right out of the gate. As much as you want to get back out there, you have to take the healing process seriously, so you don’t risk prolonging or exacerbating the injury. The goal is to get back out there as soon as possible, not to aggravate a simple sprain by acting on your impatient impulses. How can you heal a sprained ankle both quickly and efficiently?

Ice and Compression

Cryotherapy should be one of the first things you do after suffering a sprained ankle. The principles of applying cold compresses to an injury are proven to speed up the healing process. However, it isn’t a situation where more is better. Only ice your ankle to the extent it’s necessary since you don’t want to get frostbite. A routine ice compress with gel packs on your ankle should last no longer than 20 minutes at a time. If you feel that the cold is becoming too painful to bear before that threshold, then only ice as long as you’re comfortable.

Regular compression is necessary as well. The best way to stop swelling and provide stability is with a brace or a wrap, whichever you have access to in order to put some pressure on the injury.

Elevation

Another simple home remedy is to elevate your ankle. Whenever you’re sitting or lying down, which should be most of the time, prop up your ankle so that it’s resting above your waist or heart. When you raise the ankle, the swelling has a chance to go down. Elevation discourages unwanted fluid buildup around the injury, so let gravity do the work. As you begin to get restless, just remember to capitalize on the chance to relax and prop up your feet. You don’t know when you’ll get an opportunity to have an extended break again.

Rest and Exercise

Of course, you need to get adequate rest after any injury. Once you have recuperated, speak with your doctor about the best time to get back on your feet. Entering into the physical therapy portion of your recovery will have you feeling much more encouraged about returning to normal. This isn’t the time to go full speed, though. You need to achieve a balance between rest and exercise. It’s important not to overwork your injury, but not pushing hard enough could weaken your ankle. You know your body, so if something doesn’t feel right, speak with your doctor about holding back or trying different exercises.

RICE is an acronym that describes the treatment to follow when dealing with a sprained ankle, and if done correctly, your recovery should be relatively seamless. Rest, ice, compress, and exercise are the standards of care throughout the healing process. When followed, you’ll be back out on the field or in the gym before you know it.

Study: Age, Race Disparities In Hospital Patient Portal Use

Removing the barriers of access to technology does not close the digital divide for African American and older patients, according to new research from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

As part of a larger examination of patient portal use, this study published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health looked at the use of patient portals while people are admitted in the hospital. Over a one-year period, researchers found patients age 60 and over used the portal less than patients ages 18 to 29, and African American patients used the portal less than white patients. 

“Patient-facing technology like inpatient portals are intended to engage patients in their health care by improving communication with the care team and allowing them to access test results, progress notes and other information in their medical records,” said Daniel Walker, assistant professor of family medicine and biomedical informatics in CATALYST, the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research in the College of Medicine. “The lack of use of this technology may be limiting its ability to improve health and health care.”

The overall study has been led by Ann Scheck McAlearney, professor of family medicine and executive director of CATALYST, and was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. McAlearney explained, “This large, pragmatic, randomized and controlled trial has been recruiting patients admitted to six Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center hospitals over the past two years. It enables us to examine various factors influencing patients’ and providers’ use of and experience with the patient portal, including identifying these disparities we have found.” 

Patients enrolled in the study used a hospital-provided tablet with a password-protected patient portal application they could access. Patients were not prompted to use the patient portal by the study team. To measure portal usage, researchers looked at the total number of tasks completed during the hospital stay such as logging into the application, sending messages to the care team, viewing test results, ordering meals and accessing tutorials.

The 60 to 69 age group used the inpatient portal 45 percent less than the 18 to 29 age group and the 70 and over age group used the inpatient portal 36 percent less than the 18 to 29 age group. African American patients used the portal 40 percent less than white patients.

“When we looked at the data, we saw older patients used the tutorial feature more than younger patients signifying older patients may need more training resources in order to increase use,” Walker said. “The use disparity between African American and white patients suggests the differences in use may be more nuanced and not simply an access issue. Additional intervention is needed to close the digital divide.”

Future analyses will explore the factors that contribute to the age and race disparities to help develop educational interventions to close the gap in technology use.

“There’s been a rapid growth of technological resources to help patients manage their health,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, dean of Ohio State’s College of Medicine. “With continued innovation, it’s vital that all patients, regardless of age or race, are able to use these tools that can significantly enhance communication and patient care. As helpful as these tools can be, the research of our team at Ohio State shows that we need to create approaches that are usable to all patients, regardless of age and race.” 

Additional researchers from Ohio State who worked on this study include: Jennifer Hefner, Naleef Fareed and Timothy Huerta.

Machine Learning to the Rescue: The Unique Case of Pediatric Care

By Abhinav Shashank, CEO and co-founder, Innovaccer.

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The Johnsons were blessed with twins the day before; two healthy baby boys, haphazardly named Jill and John in the health records. Definitely, this marks the start of pediatric services in the family. Hospital records set for the twins hardly mark any difference, gender, weight, parents, address; all records read the same. The only visible difference is a skin allergy with the second baby.

Their names were changed to Jack and Ross in a month, and records got multiplied by two. Vaccinations done within the first month were registered in the records of Jill and John, while Jack and Daniel got registered under fresh EHRs.

Is the pediatric space ripe enough for Machine Learning?

How should the healthcare industry deal with data redundancy or data hop, and maintain data integrity to ensure reliable records? This is a real serious concern for pediatric organizations.

However, to our rescue is machine learning technology aiding the critical issue of record matching and streamlining medical procedures in child healthcare. ML has the potential to revolutionize the pediatric care ecosystem and assist the major challenges in healthcare operations of the young population.

With the global healthcare market estimated to reach a sweeping $11,908 billion by 2022 and fast-growing problems in the younger population, there is certainly a vast frame of exploration for pediatric focus and care delivery for the young. Being a continuously evolving age group with tailored and sensitive healthcare needs at different stages of growth, the pediatric population is most challenged when it comes to successful reforms and insights.

How are EHRs doing injustice to the future of healthcare?

Kids from their birthdate are expected to face the EHR duplicity that scatters their record and essential medical data. The key facts of a newborn like weight, height, allergies, among others, are stored in an EHR that is occasionally hopped a month later, with a permanent name signing in.

Once a new EHR is registered with the new name, all medical information of the previous few months gets disconnected. This has a challenging impact on the entire care protocol. The critical notch here is incoherent vaccination and immunization information of the growing baby. Not only does it lead to seemingly real care gaps, but also ripples out to erroneous procedures and increased health costs.

Machine Learning is transforming the way services are delivered globally. Detecting the minutest of factors in an outcome, and cascading the learning over huge data, it can provide us with crucial considerations which are evidently present but still go unnoticed by us. ML is helping to deliver accurate algorithms for all domains. Applying ML to pediatric care is sure to transform the current scenario of care delivery for the younger population.

What are the major challenges pediatric organizations are facing?

We need strict adherence and care, not only to ensure healthy children but also to ensure optimized care procedures for them in the future. However, there are a lot of shortcomings in understanding and implementation of the medical requirements of the population aged 0 to 18.

The major challenges in this regard are:

  1. Most pediatric organizations today do not have precise and distinct health measures to evaluate the younger population. We need measures that can efficiently assess the patients on their growth-specific checkers, respectively.
  2. Patient records at different stages are difficult to merge, with inadequate data-merging proficiency.
  3. Data hop in EHRs during record matching or establishment. This is of critical concern for babies and toddlers who need consistent care episodes.
  4. Lack of customized reach to parents for time-sensitive immunization and vaccinations. This leads to missed appointments, which leads to complications and increased costs over time.
  5. Care plans including uncertainties to manage intelligent adherence. This will enable strong network functionality and improved care.
  6. Flexible and optimized timeline for care delivery.

Currently, about 50 percent of children under five years of age attend out of home care. Throughout childhood, children receive care at daycares, check-ups at community places, have physician visits at different pediatric facilities, among others.

It becomes essential to compile entire patient data at a single place to avoid redundant and erroneous procedures. According to the American Health Information Management Association, an average hospital has about a 10 percent duplication rate of patient records. A study by Smart Card Alliance in 2014 projected that about 195,000 deaths occur yearly in the US because of medical error, with 58 percent of them being associated with “incorrect patient” errors.

Does Machine Learning truly have the answer?

An article in the AAP News and Journals Gateway mentions that only 71.6 percent of young children in the United States have completed their primary immunization series. Moreover, evidence suggests that 10 percent to 20 percent of young children receive more than one unnecessary and extra immunization. Evidently, scattered records lead to a lack of timely, accurate and complete immunization. This can have serious repercussions on the health and care protocol of the patient, in addition to increased medical costs.

Machine Learning can nourish the split needs and resolve the errors of pediatric healthcare in different domains:

  1. Automatic Triggering for Episodes and Immunization: ML algorithms can be developed to track and prompt parents for necessary episodes and immunization. This will ensure timely care episodes.
  2. EMPI Matching: Enterprise Master Patient Index is a database of medical data across departments and healthcare organizations. Machines trained in pediatric EHRs can develop a robust algorithm to match patient records across hospitals and unify them.
  3. Streamlining Vaccinations: ML algorithms can regularize time-sensitive vaccination arrays for different pediatric categories as decided by the World Health Organization.
  4. Scanning Data Hops: ML algorithms can detect data gaps in procedures, and point out critical consequences enforcing timely merging of EHRs.
  5. Predicting Episodes and Costs: ML algorithms trained with localized pediatric data can detect underlying factors for an episode and predict the average costs for unforeseen episodes.

The road ahead

The pediatric population is foundational to a healthy nation and demands our attention to reform its split functionalities. Machine Learning can bring about unimaginable amendments in our current pediatric care management and delivery. Data, which is foundational to all ventures in the healthcare industry, can be merged with ML to close all care gaps and invest in a healthy tomorrow.

8 High Paying Medical Jobs You Can Land with Little Schooling

It’s no secret that a career in healthcare is a secure and lucrative option for many people. If you have a desire to enter healthcare to help people, you have plenty of options available that pay well.  Healthcare is an industry that’s projected to grow a whopping 18 percent between 2016 and 2026.

What if you don’t have an MBA or a medical degree? Believe it or not, there are a number of options if you don’t have a lot of formal education to put on your resume.

Find out what the top high paying medical jobs with little schooling are in the healthcare field.

1. Surgeon Tech

As a surgical technician, you are in charge of getting the operating room ready prior to surgical procedures. You also get the patients ready for surgery. During procedures, you may assist doctors by handing them surgical tools (like you see on TV).

It is a high-stress, and high-paying job, averaging about $50,000 a year.

2. Health Services Administrator

In this role, you work on the business side of healthcare rather than working directly with patients. You are an operational manager where you create systems, policies, and procedures to make sure hospitals and doctor’s offices run efficiently.

You should know a little bit about technology and how IT infrastructures work. The more healthcare relies on technology, the more important this will become in your job.

A career as a health services administrator requires an associate or bachelor’s degree. You can take it as far as a doctoral degree, but it’s not necessary to get your foot in the door.

3. Medical Coder

In any doctor’s office, there’s always the issue of billing insurance companies to make sure the practice has enough cash flow to survive.

A huge part of that billing process is making sure that insurance invoices have the proper codes on them. If they don’t, it can delay insurance payments. That’s why the job of a medical coder is so important.

A medical coder takes the doctor’s notes from a patient chart and interprets those notes into a code that is sent to insurance companies for billing purposes. Learn more about the salary of medical coders here.

4. Physician Assistant

You always wanted to be a doctor, but just couldn’t invest the time or energy in getting an advanced degree. An alternative is to be a physician assistant.

You don’t perform surgeries, but you do just about everything else a regular doctor would. You create treatment plans for patients, diagnose them, and treat injuries.

You will need an undergraduate degree and additional training as a physician assistant. The pay averages about $100,000 a year, which definitely qualifies as one of the top high paying medical jobs with little schooling.

5. Dental Hygienist                          

A career in the dental industry is a great way to stay in healthcare without having to work at a hospital. The great thing about being a dental hygienist is that you only have to go to school for about 2 years and you can make about $75,000 a year.

Your responsibilities will vary widely depending on where you work. In some dental clinics, your primary job is education. You teach patients the best practices of brushing, flossing, and overall dental care.

Other possibilities in your day-to-day work could involve taking x-rays, cleaning, and polishing teeth. You may be the dentist’s right-hand person and they may lean on you a lot more in a busy office.  

6. Nutritionist

As the population grows and gets busier, it’s getting fatter. Almost 40% of Americans are obese. In the rush of everyday life, Americans have forgotten how to eat well.

They eat whatever is fast and convenient, forgetting about nutritional value. They’re also calorie dense foods served in huge portions.

Preventative healthcare starts with what people consume and you can have a huge impact on that when you pursue a career as a nutritionist. You work with clients to develop meal plans to help them make better choices and lose weight.

You can leverage your work as a nutritionist into a lucrative career as a writer, speaker, and by working with clients.

7. Physical Therapist Assistant

Injuries and aches and pains happen all of the time. Think of all of the people who sit in offices all day and have low back pain.

That’s due to muscular imbalances that a physical therapist usually works to correct. As a physical therapist assistant, you work with the rehabilitation team at your client to help patients recover and heal from their injuries.

This can give your patients a much higher quality of life or in a high-performance environment, get them back on the field as quickly as possible.

8. Medical Transcriber

This is a great position for people who want to work in healthcare but are more on the introverted side and don’t want to work with patients.

Medical transcribers listen to notes from doctors and healthcare specialists and type those notes up. The transcriptions are usually for patients’ files or for insurance companies.

There are Plenty of High Paying Medical Jobs with Little Schooling

If you truly want to help people live healthier and high-quality lives, the healthcare field is the perfect place to do that. You may be put off by thinking you need to go to school for years to be a nurse, physician, or hospital administrator.

There are a surprising amount of high paying medical jobs with little schooling available in the industry. You do need to know what your strengths are, and which job will be the best fit for you. Once you have that, then get the skills and experience required. In some cases, you’ll be workforce ready in one to two years.

That’s minimal compared to getting a Ph.D. degree (and less to carry in student loans, too).

Do you want to know more about healthcare technology? Visit this blog regularly for more articles and tips that show you how technology is changing the healthcare industry.

Mind Blowing Facts About the Brain

The most complicated proof of human intelligence can be found between our ears. And because it’s a highly complex topic, there are a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding the brain that people simply dismiss as “facts.”

It may sound alarming at first, but this is somewhat understandable. After all, neurology or the study of the human brain is considered one of the least explored areas of science. In fact, even neurology doctors in St. George and other places might agree that the knowledge we now have about the brain and how it functions is only a fraction of the wonders this organ truly possesses.

However, there has been a tremendous improvement regarding the study of the human brain that most of the things we have learned about the brain were only discovered in the past 15 years. So, it’s safe to say that the real brain facts haven’t always been mainstream knowledge after all. For improved awareness, here are some of those facts:

The brain can’t feel pain

You’ve probably seen it in movies and TV shows, so have you ever wondered how surgeons are capable of performing brain surgeries on patients even when they’re fully awake? Experts explain that while the brain is known to contain multiple layers of coverings, as well as blood vessels with pain receptors, the brain on its own contains none. So, when a person experiences a headache, it’s a common misconception that the pain is caused by the brain. That is entirely false. The muscles and the skin that surrounds the brain is capable of feeling pain, though.

The brain can’t multitask

Our hectic everyday schedule, with the help of technology, has allowed many of us to become expert multitaskers. But the truth is, the brain is not capable of acquiring new knowledge or focusing on two things simultaneously. What it does is switch back and forth between multiple tasks at a fast speed. Doing this, however, affects your attention span, short-term memory, learning ability, and overall brain performance.

The use of technology causes us to lose skills

It has been discovered that relying on GPS ruins your innate sense of direction. This is unfortunate, considering how our ancestors spent thousands of years honing and developing this particular skill. Once the areas of the brain that are responsible for navigation are no longer active, those neural connections gradually lose their functionalities through the process called synaptic pruning.

There are moments when the brain can’t form memories

As people age, our ability to remember new things slowly degrades. According to research conducted in the U.S., this is because the brain is incapable of filtering and getting rid of old memories, which is the reason it can’t absorb new information. Here’s another example that’s definitely familiar to many: If you’ve been drinking alcohol and have no recollection of what you did the previous night, it’s not because you’ve forgotten about them. It’s because when a person is intoxicated, the brain is unable to form memories.

These are just some of the brain facts everyone should be aware of. It’s time to forget about the myths and start believing the truth about our wonderful brains.