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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

Doctors Need More Than Clinical Expertise to Succeed

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Aug 28, 2017 7:45:00 AM

As a physician, you’ve spent years mastering your abilities. With all that training, you should have all the skills you need to secure — and perform well at — a job, right? Not necessarily. A recent survey from LinkedIn found that many medical school students don’t always have the skills they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving and heavily competitive healthcare job market.

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Topics: cardiothoracic surgery

Should I Use Telehealth Technologies to Connect with Patients?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Aug 23, 2017 7:01:00 AM

Telehealth technologies are on the rise. In fact, 71 percent of providers now use some form of the technology. These tools can easily connect patients with their physicians via phone, email or webcam, and in many cases physicians also use them to consult with peers.

Patients can manage their conditions at home by sending their physicians information like heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs.

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Topics: technology trends

Does Physician Age Impact Patient Outcomes?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Aug 2, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Can a physician’s age affect whether his or her patient dies? Does physician age impact patient outcomes? Researchers wanted to find out, and what they discovered was surprising.

Researchers in England examined a group of elderly U.S. patients on Medicare who had serious illnesses, required hospital admission and who were being cared for by a hospitalist. They found that the mortality rate rose to 12 percent for those patients who were cared for by physicians aged 60 and up. The mortality rate was a little over 11.3 percent for those aged 50-59, just over 11 percent for those in their 40s and 10.8 percent for those doctors under age 40.

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Topics: physician age

What Keeps Hospital Execs Up at Night: 5 Things to Know

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jul 19, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Hospital executives may be having trouble sleeping lately due to the ever-changing complexities of our healthcare system. Despite this, administrators can still implement systems that help their facility’s cost-effectiveness and provide optimal patient care. What keeps hospital execs up at night? Here are five concerns.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

Top Cardiothoracic Surgeons in 2017

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jul 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM

In 2007, medicine’s most famous feud ended. For 40 years, Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley had barely spoken to each other. It started in 1960 when Cooley left DeBakey’s practice to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Texas — and eventually start the Texas Heart Institute.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Notes on Surgeon Burnout You Should Know

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jun 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, lack of motivation, forgetfulness, suicidal thoughts … If a patient described these telling symptoms of burnout, you’d take them seriously. As a surgeon, you are 15 times more likely to experience burnout than any other professional, and that number just keeps getting higher. The current medical climate is a landmine for practitioners, and part of the solution lies in understanding burnout, and how medical professionals and hospitals can be proactive in handling it.

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5 Things to Know About Physician Compensation in 2017

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jun 19, 2017 8:34:00 AM

In 2011, physicians earned around $206,000, according to Medscape. Now, just six years later, they are earning almost $100,000 more. Find out below what’s behind this salary increase, what your peers in various specialties make and what they like and dislike about their jobs. Here are five interesting things to know about physician compensation in 2017.

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Topics: physician compensation

How Do Flow Measurements Help Cardiothoracic Surgeons?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Jun 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 

“Not a day goes by when this flowmeter doesn’t solve a problem for me.” - BP Mindich, MD

During coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), Transonic Flowmeters are used to measure the flow of blood through newly anastomosed bypass grafts.

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Topics: flow measurements help cardiothoracic surgeons

U.S. Tops World for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Cost at $75,345

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The International Federation of Health Plans was founded in 1968 by a group of health insurance industry leaders, and is now the leading global network of the industry, with 80 member companies in 25 countries. Its goal is to assist in the maintenance of high ethical and professional standards throughout the industry.

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Topics: CABG Surgery

4 Noteworthy Advances in Medical Technology in 2017

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection and looking to the future, and the world of medicine is no different. In the past year, we have seen how new technologies have impacted cardiothoracic surgery as well as how technology influences interactions between patients and physicians.

Here, we look at more technology advances that can impact medicine in 2017.

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Topics: technology trends