Friday, August 8, 2014

Frontiers in Medicine 2014

Digital Health Space explores innovations in Human Resources and Medical Education for Primary Care Physicians...Will you doctor be a 'real M.D, or are the bean counters changing basic medical education?  Can student doctors be mature and ready to make clinical decisions, or will more and more education and training be transferred to residency training?

Increased need for Primary Care Physicians---

Details of UC-Davis Pilot Program

An accelerated medical school program already is being tested at the UC-Davis School of Medicine in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente. The first six participants began classes in June (California Healthline, 7/21).
The program -- called Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care -- cuts out electives, summer vacations and the search for a residency slot. Studies already completed at various other Medical Schools have been published (see below)

Academic Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31812f7704
Careers in Medicine
Tonya Fancher, director of the program, said the initiative aims to increase the number of primary care providers in California amid a growing shortage of such providers ("Shots," NPR, 8/7).
Manpower and Human Resource Planning in the 21st Century

The Affordable Care Act has catalyzed many drastic changes in medical education to improve accessibility, not just affordability for patient care.  These changes will further increase expenses without concurrent financing. Who will bear the burden ?

Calif. Doctor Shortage Could Lead to Higher Rates on Exchange Plans

AMA funds new Three years medical school at UC Davis  

Brown Signs Accelerated Degree Bill To Address Doctor Shortage  

Calif. Physician Workforce Increases, but Regional Disparities Exist

Technology and  Hospitals of the 21st Century.....They're here now

Palomar Medical Center is California's poster child for hospital innovation. Planning and implementing from scratch created a fertile system for inserting new technology as well as hospital design to improve efficiency, decrease cost and improve safety.  Even in the short term while the facility was constructed some features became obsolete even before the hospital opened. The advances in remote monitoring, biosensors gave new meaning to constructing facilities to incorporate more innovations in future years.  At some point one wonders how to anticipate as yet unknown breakthroughs with unknown possibilities.

Palomar Medical Center Photo Tour click here for further photos.

Google Glass                                                                          Electronic Health Record

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 Patient Registration Lobby                                                       Remote Biometric Sensors

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