Use of medical scribes – unlicensed individuals hired to enter information into the EHR under clinician supervision – has increased substantially. This article addresses the risks engendered by the rise of a medical scribe industry and its potential for becoming integral to US health care delivery. Despite scribes’ reported value, this industry should be viewed as what it is: a workaround or adaptation to the suboptimal state of today’s EHRs. The use of scribes can pose potential risks to patients if they are allowed to enter orders into the EHR. Further, it should not be a substitute for much-needed EHR innovation and transition to more highly effective and more functionally efficient EHR systems. Click here to read full text.
Medical Staff Updates
Extending strict rest to 5 days from 1-2 days may not improve symptoms in children with mild concussionby jmiller on January 16, 2015
In an early online (Jan 5th) article from Pediatrics, there may be no benefit to an extended period of strict rest for children after mild traumatic brain injury or concussin. In fact, symptom reporting was increased in children who were recommended extended rest. Strict rest was defined as no school, work or physical activity followed by a stepwise return to normal activities. Children admitted to the hospital were excluded from the analysis. Click here to read full text.
It’s all new–a gala and a bash! The AAMC Foundation’s Gala has been a much-anticipated event in this region for nearly 50 years. In 2016, we will celebrate the golden anniversary of this popular event with the aptly titled Heart of Gold Gala, celebrating cardiac care in our community.
In an effort to preserve and advance the pageantry and fun that has made the gala truly spectacular for half a century, the AAMC Leadership and Foundation Board are changing it to a biennial event, with the Heart of Gold Gala to be held in April of 2016. This extravaganza will be chaired by local leaders Mark and Lynne Powell and AAMC Heart Institute Medical Director Jerry Segal, MD, and his wife Heidi Segal. Stay tuned for news about exciting changes to this event, including a fabulous new location.
We are also pleased to announce that in the years when there is no gala, the AAMC Foundation is launching a new event beginning this coming spring right here in Annapolis. Get ready for Denim & Diamonds, a night of fun, food and dancing under the stars. This new twist on the old fashioned tent party will feature fabulous cuisine, a great band, unique auction prizes, and a “come as you like” theme. From your favorite pair of denims to your best cocktail dress, everything is “in” at Denim & Diamonds. We are pleased to announce that veteran Gala committee member and past Auction Co-Chair Claudia Boldyga and her husband RxNt President Randy Boldyga will chair this new event.
Please save the date for the Denim & Diamonds Bash Saturday, April 25, 2015. This event celebrates the renovation of the Clatanoff Pavilion at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
For more information about both events, including advertising and sponsorship opportunities, please email Kendra Smith Houghton, AAMC Foundation @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hackerman-Patz House, located across from the hospital, offers affordable guest lodging and a supportive community environment for families and patients in need. Whether it is an early morning surgery, ongoing treatments or to be near a sick loved one, the house is a comfortable, more affordable alternative to a hotel.
Reservations can be made by calling the house at 410-571-3100, Mon.-Fri., 9am to 5pm. For emergency reservations after hours or on weekends, call security at 443-481-6999. Rooms are assigned on a priority basis and confirmed prior to arrival. Questions? Email David Michaels, house manager, email@example.com or call him X410-571-3129.
The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) has re-designated AAMC as a Cardiac Interventional Center for the next fi ve years. This important designation means AAMC meets state standards to receive patients transported by EMS who are experiencing a STEMI. When EMS providers identify a STEMI patient they take them to the closest designated Cardiac Interventional Center, bypassing non-designated hospitals. Congratulations to everyone on our cardiac team for their continued hard work and dedication in providing the highest level of care to our heart attack patients, and re-earning this recognition.
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