Politics & Patient Care, Expanded PA Roles & SHM Member Successes in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: November 10 – November 28, 2016

Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

The Hospital is a Microcosm of What I Want the World to Become
I often avoid putting my politics on my sleeve, as I don’t want that to get in the way of our relationship. I want you to know that I treat you as a fellow human being, no matter your race, gender, sexual orientation. With the election results, what will change about how I treat you at the bedside? Nothing.

November 27, 2016
Medpage Today’s KevinMD.com
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Role of Physician Assistants Expanding in Hospitals and Beyond
The move to hand off the responsibilities of hospitalists — physicians who specialize in hospital medicine— to those with a general medical training and not extensive doctor’s education, was born of a need to improve efficiency and reduce health care costs, officials at the Anne Arundel hospital said. It also frees up a limited supply of doctors to handle the most complex cases and to support the physician assistants on the front line.

November 17, 2016
Baltimore Sun
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Five Questions With: Dr. Sajeev Handa
Dr. Sajeev Handa is head of hospital medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, a Lifespan facility. He helped to found the hospitalist program, in which physicians practice exclusively in a hospital setting; the program is marking its 20th anniversary this year.

November 28, 2016
Providence Business News
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Hospitalists Transform Patient Care at NYU Lutheran
Healthcare is constantly evolving — as are the roles of physicians in a hospital environment. At NYU Lutheran Medical Center and hospitals nationwide, a new team of doctors called “hospitalists” have become a regular presence, specially trained to deliver comprehensive care to inpatients.

November 10, 2016
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Machine Learning in Healthcare Takes Another Step
Machine learning is not new to healthcare, and we have IBM’s Watson technology to thank for that. Until recently, many of the machine learning applications talked about for healthcare had been used to teach computing systems enough to be able to suggest a diagnosis on a specific disease. IBM took things further. It essentially sent Watson to medical school.

November 28, 2016
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Improving the ‘Culture of Health’ Helps Patients, Experts Say
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other players in the healthcare system need to look after patients’ non-medical needs if they want their health outcomes to improve, several speakers said Thursday at a briefing on the “Culture of Health.”

November 10, 2016
MedPage Today
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Brett Radler

Brett Radler is the Marketing Communications Manager at the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and has been with the organization since May 2015. He is responsible for managing SHM’s blog, The Hospital Leader. In addition, Brett develops content for SHM’s monthly newsmagazine, The Hospitalist, develops and refines SHM-branded content for multiple communications channels and oversees SHM’s online communities.

Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and also serves as on-air talent at a New Jersey radio station in his spare time.

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