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Sensing Savvy

Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA

Roger DeLong is an engineer who also has over 20 years of experience as a certified clinical perfusionist. In his current role at Transonic Systems, he taps his expertise in both fields to design and create surgical measurement devices.

Recent Posts

Top Impacts on Physician Productivity

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a physician, your time is valuable, and vast amounts of it are required to build strong, trusting relationships with patients. But most physicians are constantly performing a balancing act between patient care and the mounting demands of an increasingly complicated healthcare system — and when one side gets too heavy, your productivity inevitably suffers a major dip.

Acclimating to newer technology combined with the multiple pitfalls of physician burnout equal extra weight guaranteed to throw off even the most seasoned healthcare professional. If you pile on the negative impact to your earnings, the equilibrium of your practice becomes significantly compromised. Here we look at what affects physician productivity, and some solutions for righting the scales.

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The Future of Medicine: Artificial Intelligence, Physicians and Patients

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Doctors worry that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace physicians and surgeons. Visions of robots performing surgery, doing routine checkups and coordinating care without humans are common imaginings of the future with AI. But new and developing technologies are instead showing us a future that has AI and humans working side by side, giving us more reasons than not to welcome AI in the healthcare field.  

According to a study from The New England Journal of Medicine, we are facing a whopping global shortage of 4.3 million doctors and nurses. Poorer countries feel this scarcity more acutely while countries like the United States suffer more in terms of rising healthcare costs and less doctor-to-patient contact. AI technologies promise not only to respond to the growing gap, but also help the more human aspects of health care thrive in considerable ways.

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Which Locum Tenens Setting is Right for Me?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 15, 2017 8:05:00 AM

In the 1970s, locum tenens was born as a solution to provide physicians to rural medical clinics in the Western United States. What began as a solution for a region soon evolved into a national and international way for hospitals and other medical providers to receive staffing assistance.

But the benefits of locum tenens go beyond the facility. Working locum tenens has several benefits for you, too.

Maybe you’ve just finished your residency. Maybe you’re looking for something new in a different location. Or maybe you’re considering shifting to part-time work and want to know your options.

Locum tenens can give you the change you’ve been seeking. But as there are many clinical settings, so too are there many locum tenens opportunities. Here’s what you should consider about each setting.

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Topics: locum tenens

5 Ways Your Hospital Can Improve Community Relations

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Oct 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The word “community” has been rapidly evolving over the past several years, challenging hospital administrators to rethink their approach to community engagement both online and off. Communities can organize and mobilize at a much quicker pace than even five years ago, largely enabled by online collaborative tools.This type of organizing is often associated with negativity and criticism: it produces malpractice lawsuits, petitions against new construction or research, critical online reviews, or even video rants that go viral and harm the reputation of your healthcare center. 

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Healthcare News: Is CMS' Readmissions Program Working?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 27, 2017 8:01:00 AM

At first the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Readmissions Program seemed highly successful. Between 2011-2014, readmissions for conditions like heart attacks fell by 2.5 percent, and Medicare had saved $9 billion on readmissions. A CMS review cited an 8 percent drop in readmission rate nationwide between 2010-2015. Data also suggested that hospitals that avoided penalties took steps to revamp their readmissions strategies, and saw significant prevention of patient readmissions.

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Why Medical Malpractice Lawsuits are Filed Against Physicians

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every physician dreads the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit. The time, money, preparation and emotional stress can be a tremendous drain and harmful to their practice. Physicians already must pay high fees for malpractice insurance and lawsuits can last for years.

Most likely, physicians will face a medical malpractice lawsuit at some point in their career. A survey by the American Medical Association showed that 5% of respondents had a malpractice claim the previous year. When that time comes, it’s best to be prepared. Below we’ll look at the top reasons lawsuits are filed against physicians and how they can protect themselves.

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How Cardiothoracic Surgeons Can Go On Vacation

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Doctors often use the excuse that they have too much to do to take vacation. According to a study by Project: Time Off, Americans waste a record 658 million vacation days a year. The main reasons for doing so included returning to a pile of work, having no one else who can do the job, and not being able to afford a holiday.

These arguments are real challenges for many physicians. While it feels great to finally get away, the preparation leading up to a trip can be incredibly stressful. And thinking about the amount of work you’ll have to catch up on after vacation is enough to put a damper on any trip planning.

But while these problems may seem insurmountable, not prioritizing break time can have dire consequences to your health. Fortunately, you can use some effective strategies to make downtime less worrisome, and health benefits that will have you considering time off more seriously.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

3 Things You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Insurance

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re running your own private practice or are employed by a health group, you probably don’t give much thought to malpractice insurance. After all, you’ve got other things to worry about — patient satisfaction, managing patients with complex or chronic conditions, dealing with paperwork and updating patient records.

However, selecting a policy isn’t as simple as choosing a car or home insurance policy. And if you own your own practice or are a shareholder in one, you need even more information to make a sound decision for your business and fellow physicians.

So, where how do you get started? Let’s look at what you need to know about medical malpractice insurance.

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4 Coping Strategies for Physician Burnout

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Sep 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Battling burnout has become one of the most important things physicians need to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and practice. According to the General Social Survey of 2016, workers are twice as likely to report feeling exhausted compared to 20 years ago. Clinical practitioners experience burnout at an even higher rate in certain specialty areas such as anesthesia, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology and surgery, reporting symptoms at a rate of 40% or more.

The demands of the medical workplace have significantly increased over time. Multitasking, information overload, taxing hours, high stakes, excessive workloads and even electronic health records breed a commonly overlooked symptom of burnout: chronic exhaustion. In combination with other symptoms like loneliness and isolation, exhaustion can accelerate burnout, often causing physicians to leave their practice.

Fortunately, you can identify and address symptoms of burnout and sustain the passion for your medical work using these effective coping strategies.

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What to Know About Patient Reviews & How to Combat Negative Reviews

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Aug 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every day, more patients are turning to the internet to research and leave feedback on their physicians. In a survey by Software Advice, the percentage of patients using online reviews increased by 68% between 2013 and 2014. Platforms like Yelp, Vitals, Healthgrades and RateMDs act for doctors the same way as review sites do for hotels, spas and restaurants. While doctors are dealing with the hard realities of online reviews, you can make patient feedback posted online work in your favor. Here's how to combat negative reviews the right way.

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Topics: cardiothoracic surgery