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    How Mobile Devices Are Changing Healthcare

    The explosion of mobile technology has proven to be a boon for many industries — and the healthcare field is no exception.

    Mobile devices and the accompanying technology has heralded in some significant changes and is helping transform the industry to increase accessibility to care for patients and streamline processes for care providers.

    Here are a few other ways mobile devices are altering the healthcare industry’s status quo:

    Monitoring Chronic Illnesses

    The pervasiveness of smartphones in particular is making it easier for healthcare providers to help patients monitor and manage chronic illnesses. But remote monitoring systems deployed via mobile devices can save an estimated $197 billion dollars in care costs over the next 25 years. These remote monitoring systems can help deliver care for illnesses like diabetes and chronic pain sufferers by allowing them to easily track their symptoms and provide physicians with hard data that can indicate whether there’s a larger problem present.

    Reaching the Otherwise Unreachable

    Patients in rural areas often don’t receive the same level of care as patients living in more urban settings. However, a wealth of technology has helped healthcare providers serving these remote areas do so more seamlessly. Armed with mobile devices equipped with remote databases and electronic health records, these doctors can virtually access patients thousands of miles away and dispense the crucial care they need to enhance their lives.

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    Why Scheduling Free Time During Your Day Can Make You More Productive

    It’s not unusual to feel like you’re harried every moment of the working day. This is particularly common with stretched-thin healthcare professionals.

    But scheduling a bit of downtime into your day not only gives you a moment to breathe and reboot, but it can also help you be more productive. How? Here’s a couple of reasons you should consider slotting in some free time into your work day schedule.

    You Can’t Be Productive Every Second of the Day

    Any true productivity pro will tell you that no number of hacks will make you completely productive every moment of every day. And trying to do so is effectively a waste of time. However, you can encourage your brain to work at its peak by taking breaks throughout the day. That means making a lunch break (and maybe a brief coffee break or two) mandatory. Studies have shown that regular breaks rejuvenate workers and actually makes them far more productive than if they attempting to work eight hours straight.

    Scheduled Free TIme Creates Boundaries
    In addition to making you more productive (and feel refreshed), scheduling some downtime forces you to create boundaries between work and free time. And setting firm boundaries helps prevent work from creeping into time when you’re supposed to be relaxing and refreshing yourself from the day’s tasks. Again, studies show that having some time to yourself increases quality of life — which can lead to productivity rather than procrastination due to dreading certain tasks.

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    3 Must-Have Apps for Healthcare Professionals

    These days, your smartphone can serve as much more than your alarm clock and communication tool. Healthcare pros have a bevy of apps available to make their lives a little easier.

    While there are dozens of helpful tools out there for workers in healthcare (often tailored to your particular function in healthcare), here are our top three apps that can keep you on task and moving forward in your day.

    Merck Manual

    This is the app version of the Merck Manual, also known as one of the standard reference texts in healthcare. Clinicians or other healthcare pros can browse the manual by section or search by symptom, and this handy tool automatically records which sections you’ve perused the make it simpler to return to what you were previously reading.

    MedScape

    Created by WebMD, this app is hailed as one of the top mobile platforms for U.S. clinicians. Pros can check dosage information on thousands of common drugs, cross-reference treatment suggestions for more than 4,000 illnesses, and browse through an expansive database of medical journals for the latest industry news..

    MedPage Today

    Need to catch up on your medical reading on the go? This handy app offers comprehensive medical news delivered right to your smartphone. All the reports delivered to your edition of the app can be tailored to your particular specialty or interest area, and the clean interface means you can peruse those periodicals with ease.

  • 4 Reasons You Should Schedule Workday Breaks

    These days, it’s easy for healthcare workers (or any office workers) to get so busy and bogged down with their daily responsibilities that they neglect to take a break. No coffee break, no lingering at the watercooler, no lunch away from their desk.

    One reason for this is that taking frequent breaks is often erroneously associated with lack of productivity. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. More and more studies show that taking regular breaks actually aids in productivity rather than detract from it.

    So, why else should you make time for those regular breaks throughout the day? Here’s a few other reasons:

    Working Smarter is Better Than Working Harder

    Just because you’re putting in long hours with your nose to the grindstone doesn’t mean you’re actually making a bigger impact. Doing efficient, more productive work for shorter periods of time is far more effective than putting in 10-12 hours where you’re simply languishing at your workstation.

    Brain Food is Necessary

    Breakfast and lunch should be non-negotiables in your day. Why? Because feeding your mind means you’re feeding your brain. Anyone who has skipped one too many meals will confess that it’s almost impossible to concentrate for sustained periods of time when your stomach is rumbling.

    Short Breaks Sustain Concentration

    Studies have shown over and over again that taking short breaks (think 15 minutes or so) actually helps rejuvenate brain function and helps you maintain concentration for longer. So don’t be shy about taking that stretch break or grabbing a quick coffee to get your juices flowing again.

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    How to Declutter Your Email to Achieve Inbox Zero

    Much of the daily battle many healthcare providers face is tackling a full email inbox. It seems impossible to respond to every correspondence as promptly as needed, and as a result, those emails simply pile higher and higher in your inbox.

    Never fear — getting to inbox zero is highly achievable (but it’ll take a bit of work). If you’re ready to do some spring cleaning and final do a digital declutter, here’s some helpful tips on achieving the lofty goal of maintaining an empty inbox.

    Create a Filing System

    This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of professionals who have no real filing system when it comes to their emails. Emails are often left sitting because recipients are unsure about where to put them so they don’t get lost. But creating a filing system that makes sense for your inbox and needs can help you declutter and keep it that way.

    Use the Archive Function

    Many people simply ready and reply to emails and leave them sitting there. Once they’ve been appropriately dealt with, get those emails out of your life forever with the “Archive” function that comes standard with most email clients.

    Unsubscribe

    Get rid of those ridiculous newsletters taking up precious inbox space. Every external email (whether you signed up for them or not) should earn its place in your life. So take a few minutes to unsubscribe from newsletters, promotional emails, or other automated junk that’s regularly sent your way.