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Doctors Swamped by 'E-Medicine' Demands
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Survey found those who have to use electronic health records report more burnout, job dissatisfaction
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors say they're drowning in electronic paperwork, feeling burned out and dissatisfied with their jobs thanks to countless hours spent filling out computerized medical forms, researchers report.
Electronic health records are a cornerstone in the effort to modernize medicine. But, new systems designed to chart a patient's progress and instruct their future care have proven to be very time-consuming, the study found.
"While some aspects of electronic records can improve efficiency, computerized physician order entry is a major source of inefficiency and clerical burden for physicians," explained lead author Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist. "Tasks that used to be accomplished with a verbal or written order in less than 30 seconds can now take more than five minutes."
As a result, physicians using these electronic records reported higher rates of burnout and increased frustration with the amount of computerized paperwork they must do, Shanafelt and his colleagues found.
The survey of more than 6,300 active physicians found self-reported burnout among:


Lawmakers push HHS to treat 'ransomware' attacks differently
Thursday, June 30, 2016

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to treat "ransomware" attacks in the healthcare industry differently than other cyberattacks.
“In the case of a ransomware attack, the threat is not usually to privacy, but typically to operational risks to health systems and potential impacts on safety, and service,” Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information policy at HHS’s Office of Civil Rights.   Read more:

10 Things You Need to Know About MACRA
Thursday, June 30, 2016

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"I had become a victim of the machine of medicine," a doctor writes on how he began recovery from burnout. (STAT News)
Thursday, June 30, 2016

I’m a physician and the son of a physician. I went into medicine because I wanted to help people get better and stay well. Somehow along the way, Igot worse. Five years ago, I hit a wall, and admitted to myself that I wasburned out.
My joy of practicing medicine had faded. I was overloaded with countless hospital initiatives and committees. I felt like I was letting down my patients, my colleagues, and my family. My most important relationships and my own sense of health and well-being were eroding. In my mind, I had become a victim of the machine of medicine, putting myself and the people in my personal life at the end of the line.
Despite this, I never entertained the idea of quitting. That is part of the dilemma of physician burnout. By and large, you don’t make it through the gauntlet that ismedical training by adopting a mindset of quitting. Unfortunately, many physicians check out without leaving the profession, which jeopardizes quality, safety, and the patient experience.

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Can the world's largest mosquito factory find a way to fight Zika?
Thursday, June 30, 2016

In Guangzhou, China, millions of mosquitoes are born at the Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease in the hopes of finding a way to fight Zika. The lab's mosquitos are infected with a strain of Wolbachia pipientis, a bacterium that inhibits Zika and and other viruses by preventing the fertilization of eggs. Researchers at the center release infected mosquitos on Shazai Island to mate with wild females, stopping the next generation. The lab claims there is 99% suppression of the population of Aedes albopictus, or Asia tiger mosquito, the type known to carry Zika virus, after the first year of tests.
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