Interview with a Clinical Informatics Trained Physician!

The below questions and answers are from an interview that I conducted with a physician that recently finished up his clinical informatics fellowship at University of Illinois Chicago. I shadowed this physician for an extensive period of time as I learned more about how he integrated his use and growing knowledge of clinical informatics with…

Understanding MACRA – Part 3

MACRA. Good for some. Bad for others. Although my first two posts basically focused on the pros and the benefits that MACRA should be bringing to medicine. It’s also important to understand that no law, bill, or policy is bassed with 100% satisfaction from everybody. It’s all about the opportunity cost and understanding that the…

Burnout – Finishing Remarks, Mitigating Burnout?

There is no stopping burnout, only mitigating it. Now that I’ve discussed a couple of key points that I’ve identified in relating to physician and healthcare provider burnout. I wanted to talk about some things that we should be pushing for more to allow these lifechanging, literally, miracle workers actually have some peace of mind…

Burnout – Technology is Killing Us All!

EHR and Other Health Technology Are A Key Driver of Physician Burnout I know that I’ve been gone for a while, school starting up has been a huge drag these past 2 weeks. Things just picked up speed way too quickly and smacked me before I even realized what was happening.  Before I knew it, I…

Burnout – Gripes and Struggling with Insurance

Mental Costs of Healthcare Insurance towards Burnout Continuing on my burnout discussion from a few days, I wanted to touch upon another area or factor that might explain why medicine has one of the highest burnout rates in most professions. As I did more research and reading, I found that in an editorial published in…

Burnout – The Crippling Effect of Debt

Burnout. Unable to do anything when everything is out of control. Burnout, often described as an experience of emotional exhaustion, demoralization, depersonalization, and a lost sense of personal accomplishment and achievement, has become a growing concern in these past few years. Burnout in this case doesn’t just affect the person, but it affects everybody even…

Why Does Healthcare Suck at Protecting Stuff?

It’s still happening. And I don’t foresee it letting up anytime soon. It’s still happening. Despite all of the healthcare data breaches that occurred in 2015, which gave it the name of the “Year of the Healthcare Hack”… it seems that we may be looking into changing that title into a period… a time period…

ICD10 Diagnoses Codes for Pokemon Go Patients!

Common ICD-10 Codes Used Against Pokemon Go Players With the new craze and advent towards virtual reality, there’s also going to be a rise in relevant diagnoses codes for these players. Now, some background on Pokemon Go for those that aren’t familiar with it. It is a location-based, augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic,…

Enjoying the Journey of Learning

Joy of Knowing and the Joy of Learning Real talk. Keepin’ it hunnit. This is something that I’ve wanted to write about since coming to college because I know just how relevant it can be. Although it’s been something that I have struggled with for many years now, it’s something that I think is the…

Data Lake – Differences from Data Warehouses

Comparative Differences! As I mentioned before, data lakes take in all data in its raw form. As a result, this can make it a bit more time intensive and resource consuming in perform analytics on the data in the lake, but it also increases in versatility and flexibility. Because a data warehouse essentially profiles business…