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Sensing Savvy

Should Patients Be Allowed to Record Doctors?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Feb 14, 2018 7:06:00 AM

It’s no secret that today’s smartphones can store a lot of valuable information. What you may be surprised to learn is that patients are often recording their doctor visits.

In fact, according to research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, it’s likely that at least one patient out of your last 10 has recorded their visit.


Whether it’s a routine appointment or a surgical procedure, the practice of recording doctors is a debated issue. That’s why it’s so important to understand both sides of the issue before saying yes.

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Topics: patient communication

Profile of Excellence: Dr. Richard A. Jonas

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 12, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Children’s National Health System
86th AATS President (2005-2006)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Profile of Excellence: Dr. John A. Waldhausen

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 7, 2018 7:31:00 AM

Former Professor and Chair, Dept. of Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine
72th AATS President (1991-1992)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Transonic’s 354C Optima Flowmeter Simplifies Graft Patency Assessment for Surgical Decision-making

Posted by Tim Callahan on Feb 5, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The new flowmeter deciphers waveforms for graft patency during CABG procedures

Early graft failure after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) is reporte d in up to 12 percent of grafts. Three percent are clinically apparent and may contr ibute to early mortality. Graft failure can be due to vessel defects, anastomotic technical errors, poor native run-off or competitive flow. Repeat revascularization, if required, is expensive and puts patients at risk.
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Thomas L. Spray

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
89th AATS President (2008-2009)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

10 Keys to Physician Leadership: Dr. Floyd D. Loop

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 29, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Past CEO Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cardiothoracic Surgeon;
78th AATS President (1997-1998)

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Cardiostart: Fighting Cardiovascular Disease in Undeveloped Countries

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 24, 2018 7:25:00 AM

Of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, ischemic heart disease (IHD) and strokeaccounted for a combined 15 million deaths. Of these two, IHD is the single largest cause of death worldwide, causing 7,249,000 deaths in 2008 or 12.7% of total global mortality. Eighty percent of those were from poor and middle-income countries.

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Topics: Cardiovascular

Giving Back: Emily Farkas MD, Humanitarian Surgeon

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 22, 2018 7:29:00 AM

Humanitarian cardiac surgeon Dr. Emily A. Farkas is committed to giving back. Not only is she one of the 3% of board-certified cardiac surgeons who are women, but she is a role model for a younger set of surgeons who chose to give back by serving as a global humanitarian volunteer.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Profile of Excellence: Dr. John L. Ochsner

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jan 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Chairman Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Ochsner Health System, 73rdth AATS President (1992-1993)

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jan 15, 2018 7:30:00 AM

DaVita Profits Decline 15 Percent for Q3

The loss can be attributed to higher than expected medical costs and the underperforming managed care business. Net loss for the quarter was $214 million. As of the end of September, DaVita provided services to 218,200 patients.

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Topics: kidney care