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Getting to Know Your Home’s Electrical System

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Whether you’re building a new home and need some help planning out your home’s electrical system, or you live in a home that has already been constructed, understanding the basic layout and makeup of your electrical system is very important. We rely on our electrical systems to provide us with the power that we use everyday, making a basic knowledge an important part about home ownership. By understanding our home’s electrical system, we can better troubleshoot and handle minor problems, as well as explain more extensive problems to local electricians whenever necessary.

Your home’s electrical system consists of a few basic components. It is made up of your electrical service (the electricity being supplied to your home), electrical outlets, hardwired appliances and your lighting. To make sure that it works at the proper level, your electrical service must be sized appropriately for your lifestyle. In most cases, this means a 100-200 amp electrical service. For large homes, your electrical service may be as large as 400 amps. Your electrical service must be installed by a licensed, professional electrician who may also run other wiring in your home, such as telephone and cable.

Your electrical lines typically reach your home underground, where they meet with your electrical meter box. This box is normally located on an outside wall, where it can be easily read by meter readers. The wiring goes through your wall and into your breaker panel, which breaks the current into separate circuits through the use of switches called circuit breakers. These circuits allow you to control the electricity in several different portions of your home. It is at the breaker panel that the total amps that your system can handle are distributed throughout your home. Each circuit breaker is rated to handle a certain amount of electricity, 10 amps or 20 amps for example.

In order to keep you, your family and your property safe, your electrical system is safeguarded by local building codes and a variety of safety measures. This include, but are not limited to the following:

GFCI Outlets – A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is mandated in areas that are frequently wet or moist, such as kitchens, bathrooms, garages, pool areas and outdoors. These outlets contain special sensors that will shut off the power whenever any problems are detected

Circuit Breakers – Circuit breakers are your first line of defense against dangerous electricity levels. They are designed to cut off the electrical supply whenever power levels reach dangerous levels in order to prevent fires and electrical shocks

Smoke Alarms – Smoke alarms can be hardwired in each bedroom, hallway and common area to provide the highest level of fire safety to the occupants of your home.

In addition to the precautions above, national, state and local building codes require a certain set of procedures and standards be followed in order to improve the overall safety of our electrical systems. In most cases, your electrical system must be inspected by an electrical inspector both during the installation and after completion to ensure that everything is installed according to these codes. It is this set of regulations that both standardizes and improve the safety of our homes, businesses and other buildings.

Three Steps To An Electrical System Recovery

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

A sound recovery of an electrical system depends on 3 key factors which we will discuss in today’s post. The idea is to provide companies who operate on large scale electrical systems with the information they need to make their infrastructure safe, secure and redundant, in case of a disaster.

Knowledge Of the Electrical System

Companies need to be intimately familiar with every aspect of their electrical system. The more knowledge they have of their system, the quickly they can get the right recovery efforts underway.

Every business or company should have a recovery plan for all its processes. In case of electrical disasters, a safe and efficient recovery plan has to be in place. In light of that, businesses and companies should have the following.

A current single-line drawing of the electrical distribution system

Seek out and identify equipment that is critical to maintaining the existing infrastructure

Determine what components need to be replaced

These may be three simple steps but in fact they are enormous tasks each with its own set of tasks and subtask.

Let’s talk about water related disasters. Any type of electrical equipment exposed or drenched is water is a serious cause for concern. There is a good chance that the equipment is lost forever. However even if it’s not, re-energizing it without proper precautions and repairs is a disaster waiting to happen. Be mindful of other attributes besides water such as moisture and weather exposure. Both can effect system integrity. The excess water not only poses a risk for the equipment but to workers as well. It could be contaminated with debris, chemical or sewage, all potentially harmful elements to human life.

Implement Electrical Safe Work Policy Practice

Abbreviated shortly as ESWP, is a policy document that is created by the company. It is a very detail oriented document that defines in good length all the areas of a company’s electrical safety practices. Having a safety document is just a good practice, it is a legal and federal requirement in order to promote safety and contain hazardous incidents from occurring. The one thing to know about ESWP policy is that no two policies are alike. They vary from company to company and industry to industry. Each facility for example has its own specified levels of circuit layout, energy expenditure and voltage requirements. As such each facility will require its own ESWP and multiple location will involve multiple ESWP as part of the overall work safety plan.

Must Have An EEAP

By that, we mean an Electrical Emergency Action Plan. It details all electrical assets, and operational infrastructure. This plan will and should also highlight the potential risks and limitations of the systems to that engineers working on a recovery effort know the boundaries within which they need to work. This also translates to less uncertainties when a natural or man-made disaster occurs and severely reductions the down town of an electrical system because engineers have an eagle eye of the entire system and know where to dissect and which part to work on. From a financial point of view, an electrical emergency action plan will also highlight the parts the can be defective and thus provide cost engineers with the cost of repairing the system, a key calculation when formulating a repair strategy.

How Do Solar Electricity Systems Work?

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

A Solar Electricity System consists of silicon wafers which are laminated under a non – reflective glass in solar panels that collect photons from the sun and turn it into DC electrical power. An inverter then converts and transforms the DC electrical power into AC usable electrical power. That is the simple answer to how do Solar Electricity Systems work but there are so much more interesting elements to the Solar Electricity Systems, the mare subject of the matter may produce a few inquires.

PHOTONS

Albert Einstein concluded that photons are light in small pockets of energy that are the combination of particles and waves that come from the sun. While our society may know how to manipulate energy it is fortunate that the sun works regardless if we understand fully the physics of it or not. The natural ray of the sun is a main contributor to how a Solar Energy System works. The sun’s energy increases the vibrations of the molecules which are experienced as heat.

DC VOLTAGE

The DC voltage that emanates from the sun represents the rate at which energy is converted from electrical energy to some other form of electricity. The intensity of a DC voltage is determined by the power voltage of electrical current. The usable AC power is often referred to as the power factor which its purpose is to be used to determine the voltage and current of the DC voltage.

INVERTER

The inverter used to transform the DC energy to the AC energy is to replace and conserve power that is flowing through the energy grid. The inverter converts ad synchronizes the energy waves so that the needs of the consumer are met.

SOLAR PANEL

Solar panels are a group of cells used to convert light into energy. The panels harness daylight and process absorbing electrons from the sun. When the silicon is heated by the sun the electrons in the sun are absorbed by the silicon and this becomes DC energy.

SOLAR ELECTRICITY SYSTEMS

There are two different types of Solar Electricity Systems available that is the bill reduction and blackout protection. The bill reduction system will provide limited electricity if the grid fails. The blackout protection is a system that incorporates batteries that ensure the stability of electricity that is available to you.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The most economical benefit from how do Solar Energy Systems work for us is it protects you from future rate increases from your electricity provider. This system also allows for you to fix your rate for the next 30 years. The Solar Electricity Systems currently available are designed to lower if not eliminate your electric bill all together. The Solar Electronic Systems often referred to as the Photovoltaic Systems, have been circulating for 30 years now. Testing experts have deemed the system to last 40-42 years. The Solar Electricity Systems is a great option if you choose to economize and take a natural approach to your energy usage that can be supplied through the resources of the earth.

Is Your Home Electrical System Safely Grounded?

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Back before the days when parents “baby-proofed” their homes, my wife’s little sister got quite a shock. Little sister was the mischievous type and stuck her finger into an electrical outlet. It’s not actually a very easy thing to do, but at three-years-old, her fingers were small. Fortunately, no lasting damage was done. But my wife will never forget her little sister’s blackened finger and the stern warnings by her parents that those mysterious little holes in the wall can kill you.

Now that my wife has married an electrician, she insists that I take every possible measure to ensure that the electrical system of our Los Angeles home is safe. One important step was to ensure that its wiring is properly grounded.

What is electrical grounding, anyway?

Grounding adds a safety factor for your family and your electronics. Here’s how it works. Electricity travels the path of least resistance. If an appliance like a toaster breaks, electricity can flow on the metal outside of the toaster. Touching it could result in a serious shock, causing injury or even death. But if the electrical system is grounded and the toaster is plugged in with three prongs, the electricity won’t flow to the outside of the toaster. Instead it will flow through the third prong back into the wires and harmlessly into Mother Earth. Thus, the term “grounding.”

An electrical system can be grounded with various types of devices. A “ground wire” is simply a wire attached to your electrical system that’s been pushed securely into the ground. Metal pipes (electricians call them “conduit”) that hold and protect your electrical wires can also act as a grounding device. Sometimes, grounding is provided by running a wire from your electrical system and attaching it to metal plumbing pipes that run into the ground.

Grounding protects not only people but also sensitive electronics. Without grounding, electrical charges build up in wiring and create slight but continuous damage to delicate electronics. This damage can shorten the lives of computers, phones, and any electrical appliance that has “smart” (computer) components, possibly your fridge or dryer.

How can I tell if my electrical system is grounded?

Homes built before 1950 were sometimes grounded. Homes built after 1950 were usually grounded. Even if your system was originally grounded, wiring mistakes may have rendered the grounding ineffective. Even with outlets that accept three prongs, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your electrical wiring is grounded. The only way to know for sure is to have a qualified electrician check out your electrical system with a special tester.

My electrical outlets have three prongs — aren’t they grounded?

If your home has electrical outlets which accept three prongs, it MAY have a grounded system. The third prong allows an appliance to be grounded IF it’s plugged into an electrical system that has a grounding device. Sometimes three-pronged outlets have been installed in electrical systems that has no grounding device. This can make it look like the system is grounded when it’s not. Do-it-yourselfers or handymen may install three-pronged outlets in an ungrounded system not realizing the hazard and not knowing that it violates the National Electrical Code.

Sleep sounder with a grounded electrical system

If you’ll sleep sounder knowing that your family and your appliances and electronics are safer, ask an electrician to use a tester to check your electrical system for grounding. This can be done in a service call. In some cases, electricians will offer a grounding check as part of a free home safety inspection, particularly if they’re doing other work in your home.

Medtravel Ecuador: Reliable Medical Tourism Resources

February 20, 2017 Posted by kyu7

MedTravel Ecuador is located in Quito, Ecuador, a subsidiary of the Global Health Corporation. As a major medical tourism and health destination provider, MedTravel Ecuador is dedicated to promoting safe, effective, certified and reliable healthcare providers throughout Ecuador.

Combining the benefits of tourism with medical care, MedTravel Ecuador offers a variety of benefits and services to global travelers.

Benefits of Working with MedTravel Ecuador
PlacidWay, an increasingly popular in growing medical provider for international medical tourism resources and packages, has joined with MedTravel Ecuador in offering superlative, effective and quality medical care in Ecuador. MedTravel Ecuador:

• Is a partner with Hospital Metropolitano, the top rated hospital in Ecuador
• Is a partner with SEITUR, the largest corporate travel agency in Ecuador
• Offers air and land transportation, accommodations, and affordable packages and rates
• Offer services with accredited hospitals and physicians trained in the United States, Latin America and throughout Europe utilizing state-of-the-art equipment

MedTravel Ecuador specializes in providing quality services in:

• Orthopedics
• Dental surgery
• Bariatric surgery
• Plastic surgery
• Ophthalmology
• Wellness programs and spas

“The Hospital Metropolitano is ISO 9001:2000 certified and offers a AAA rating from the Bank Watch Ratings Grating Committee,” says Pablo Calisto, Director of MedTravel Ecuador. “The hospital was awarded the Municipality of Quito and the Environmental Committee Awards in 2008 for Improvement in Technological Innovations in Health Services sectors having an impact on environmental protection. We’re very proud of that.”

In addition to such benefits, MedTravel Ecuador and Hospital Metropolitano partner with international medical Centers and facilities including:

• The Mayo Clinic
• The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
• Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami
• Texas University
• Alabama University
• Brest University in Germany

and a variety of hospitals throughout Latin America including top rated hospitals in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Columbia.

MedTravel Ecuador, in association with the Hospital Metropolitano, are dedicated to providing the best in private healthcare services and has become nationally as well as internationally recognized for excellent quality of care, high technological standards, education, teaching and research. Patients rights and commitment to improving quality of life, protecting and promoting human and professional development, as well as quality education and research have built Hospital Metropolitano into a leading medical facility with a global reputation for quality, respect, and patient care.

MedTravel Ecuador Offers the Ultimate in Services
“We’re extremely pleased to join efforts in providing superlative medical and health care options to international travelers,” says Pramod Goel, CEO and Founder of PlacidWay, a leading medical tourism resource any information database located in Denver, Colorado. “Patients deserve options and choices in where and how they receive their medical care.”

Patients traveling to Ecuador for treatment in the fields of orthopedics, vision care, obesity or bariatric surgery, as well as cosmetic and plastic surgery will enjoy the benefits of certified and experienced healthcare while enjoying a holiday in Quito, one of the most beautiful cities and destinations in Ecuador.

For more information regarding the specialties offered at MedTravel Ecuador as well as information regarding doctors, specialties, and postgraduate studies and training received by the doctors and surgeons available through MedTravel Ecuador, visit PlacidWay.com for information regarding treatments and procedures, in-depth profiles of treatments, qualifications and experience at the center, as well as accessing information regarding travel packages that may save thousands of dollars in medical care costs.

Healthcare Reform Key Issues Unresolved

December 11, 2016 Posted by kyu7

The healthcare reform bill has passed in the US Senate. However both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate bills have yet to address important details affecting patient care. Oversight concerning the determination of medical necessity as well as provider network inclusion issues have greatly affected medical reimbursement and patient access to care. Many insurance companies reimburse medical expenses based upon a determination of medical necessity by the carrier’s claims department. In the absence of external oversight or regulation, the insurance carrier is free to deny care solely based upon their on private internal review.

Another key issue not addressed is how provider networks create financial barriers to care. Many insurance carriers reimburse medical expenses at lower rates or refuse reimbursements for out-of-network providers. Medical practitioners may also be excluded from insurance company networks for a variety of reasons. Practitioners may be required to limit medical procedures for patients and the number of office visits as a precondition for inclusion in the insurance network. Medical practitioners may also be required to accept lower rates of reimbursement for services provided to patients as another precondition to network inclusion. Some medical networks charge medical practitioners a fee for inclusion in networks.

The patient’s right to choose their own medical practitioner is not federally guaranteed by law. Additionally, there is no guarantee an insurance company will pay for medical services and patients often have no way to determine what will be paid until after a claim is submitted and a response is generated the insurance company’s claims department. The federal government seeks to mandate health insurance coverage for all US citizens yet has not stipulated that insurance companies must reimburse patients for medical expenses nor is there language to address oversight of the determination of medical necessity.

The determination of reimbursements is often based on what is termed as ‘usual and customary.’ Insurance companies have sole discretion over this aspect of reimbursement for general health insurance policies and may choose to exclude many procedures, office visits, and medical tests whether or not teams of doctors agree that such medical services are vital to the patient’s survival, recovery, or comfort.

The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have not addressed these details which represent core issues affecting healthcare outcomes for patients. Until these unresolved issues are rectified, it is unclear whether or not US citizens with health insurance coverage will have adequate access to medical care.

Medical Transcription Outsourcing – Seamlessly Integrating With Healthcare Facilities

October 22, 2013 Posted by kyu7

The healthcare sector provides valuable services that help save lives and improve the quality of life. In the modern world healthcare services have gained a more significant role considering the stress levels of today’s lifestyles. To provide quality services healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals draw quality inputs from various sources. To enable the continuous provision of quality healthcare it is equally important for healthcare facilities to have a healthy bottom line.

The key to empowering the main goals of providing quality healthcare and maintaining a healthy bottom line it is important to evaluate each input to the healthcare process on the following basis:

· Ability to seamlessly integrate with the working of the healthcare facilities
· Ability to maintain quality services
· Help lower costs

One of the components for providing quality healthcare and maintaining a healthy bottom line is the information from patient medical records. Patient medical records provide support to healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals in the many aspects of successfully running the healthcare facility. Information from the patient medical records is essential as:

· A chronicle of the treatment process
· Forms the basis of continued care and future care plans
· Is the basis of referrals
· Provides important evidence in case of litigation
· Helps fulfill statutory requirements
· Provides the basis for coding and billing

Healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals have many options available to them to document the patient- healthcare professional encounter to create patient medical records. However outsourced medical transcription services have been found to be the most preferred, cost- effective, versatile and convenient option for documenting the care process. Medical transcription services also have the additional advantage of being able to seamlessly integrating into the working style of healthcare professionals and healthcare facility operations.

How do outsourced medical transcription vendors seamlessly integrate with the operations of healthcare facilities?

No change in working style: Healthcare professionals are starved for time and adapting to new styles of capturing information could result in loss of productivity or even result in errors. These service providers are fully aware of the pressures of healthcare professionals and have made it convenient for them to capture information regarding the patient encounter. Doctors/support staff/clinics/hospitals are provided with options to use dictation devices they are comfortable with. Once the dictation is finished, systems are put in place to help upload these audio files for transcription by configuring the system to check for dictation files at agreed intervals.

Once the audio files are downloaded for transcription, the files are allocated according to the specialty the transcriptionists have trained in, this ensures maximum accuracy.

Transcription providers have quality processes in place to ensure that each transcript is put through rigorous quality assurance process to ensure minimum errors. The role of the dictator is limited to clear and audible dictation, which can be easily integrated into their working life.

Customized services: Outsourced medical transcription service providers realize that the needs of different doctors/support staff/clinics/hospitals are specific. Therefore these services are customized to meet all the special requirements as specified by them Factors like templates, turnaround time, the modes of delivery and even the option of delivery to multiple healthcare professionals is offered and inculcated into the service package. Additional services like editing and proofreading services for speech recognition transcription are also provided as per their preference.

Easy access: These service providers provide easy access to services in terms of the technology required for transcription and the team. Outsourced services also provide easy access to older transcripts and summary of work.

Web Design For Healthcare, Pharma And Medical Brands

October 17, 2013 Posted by kyu7

Healthcare web design is a varied and huge animal. A lot of healthcare web development companies have difficulty knowing where to start. But really the principles are the same in this industry for any experienced and accomplished healthcare web development professional. But it is how a visitor finds you, sees you and the experience that they have that will truly determine how successful you website is.

Trust

Your healthcare web developments have to encompass trust at their heart. This is going to be the most valuable commodity, especially if you are a new or unknown company or service provider. The sector you are in will also influence how difficult it is to build up online trust. So the diet sector along with a lot of alternative therapy providers will have an uphill battle to win.

The issue you will have is this. Healthcare, like life insurance, car insurance and many other critical areas of our lives screams to our subconscious that we should only trust someone we know or who has been recommended to us by our friends. If you go now to a website and see a life insurance banner, you are probably not going to click it or buy straight away from an unknown supplier.

So How Do You Build Up the Trust Required?

Well as part of your healthcare web design you need to have someone on your side who knows how to build trust. Having someone on your side that has been there and done it is priceless. We ourselves have gone through the pain barrier over the years. This means that we have taken the lessons and successes on board so that you don’t have to.

Building an integrated healthcare web development strategy that gives trust is a two part story. The first part is the impact and first time impression of your site. We know this and are experts at this aspect. On average a visitor will take only about 5-10 seconds to make their minds up as to whether to stay or to hit that back button on their browsers. So you are looking to drop in the quality indicators for that fast scan that holds the visitor and encourages them to explore.

Engaging With the Visitor

To build trust and to retain a loyal reader and potential customer your healthcare website design and quality content has to be engaging on many different levels. It is not just about looking smart and professional. In fact that may actually work against you in some healthcare areas. Sometimes having a more relaxed, non-officious approach can pay enormous dividends. It becomes less about marketing speak and more about satisfying a visitor’s needs.

Ideas for healthcare website design here include multimedia content in the form of videos, webinars or audio interviews and recordings. It could also mean having a blog which is less formal and can take and accept comments. After a while this comment conversation actually generates its own content and power.

Making the Website Experience Easy

If your healthcare web design is terrible then you are not going to keep anyone on site, no matter how good the content or how engaging. The content needs to be logically and well organised for easy access. Nothing should be too many clicks away either. Your organisation is a professional one, so it generally should look as though it was put together by a professional. A very high standard of graphics is absolutely necessary.

Functionality and Security

This is where, as far as healthcare web development is concerned, we come into what is dealt with and regulated by the regulations, such as the ABPI and other professional bodies. The main things to consider are the protection of personal data if you have a forum or membership element, the security of information and the segregation of certain information to restrict access to certain groups of users. For instance this may mean the separation of healthcare data for practitioners and customers.

This is critical for your company. If you do not achieve this in the architecture of the healthcare website design, you put yourself at risk on several fronts. We know the importance of making sure this is done properly. If it is not done correctly it could mean censure or even worse a criminal prosecution or civil proceedings.

Then there is the case of social media interaction. If you fail to understand or handle this properly you will come seriously unstuck. Social media is a superb way of encouraging involvement and building your brand and reach. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have immense power. But there are also dangers that you could fall foul of. The speed with which information can be spread and the huge amount of users who will share it make the whole area very sensitive. Fortunately, we have a lot of experience in managing sensitive and regulated campaigns and making sure they are successful.

Conquering SEO to Increase Visibility

Search engine optimization is a valuable way to promote your site and brand and to provide an additional way of gaining trust and visitors. Healthcare website design should be carefully and fully optimised and promoted with ethical methods to help the site rise to the first page of the search engines. This is a good natural way to gain domain authority with the likes of Google.

Of course you are also at the mercy of those search engines and the way they decide they will assess how important your site is in relation to its content for their searchers. But by building and promoting smart, we are able to give you the stability through any changes that may come.

So as you can see, healthcare web design incorporates a lot of both simple and complicated elements. These involve proper presentation, content and interaction, along with providing the best platform and strategy to promote, segregate and protect your company.

It is essential to ensure that you have someone on board with vast experience and innovative solutions to guide you through this process. This will also mean you avoid the pitfalls of healthcare web design and the regulating codes and laws.

The Roles And Responsibilities Of Medical Assistants In Health Care

October 12, 2013 Posted by kyu7

Curious about what Medical Assisting is? Admirably, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing careers these days. Statistics show that this job is estimated to rise for the next ten years due to the innovation of medical equipment and the increase number of population around the world.

If you wish to become a medical assistant, you don’t need a master’s degree. All you need is your high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Aspiring medical assistants must simply undergo programs which will only take six months to two years to complete.

The course for medical assisting includes the fundamental medical vocabulary, anatomy and physiology and supplementary administrative training like recordkeeping, bookkeeping, transcription, and so on and so forth.

Program courses are exclusively intended to give them a broad perspective in medical field to help them perform their errand productively and fruitfully. This is because medical assistants’ nature of work is to perform or to keep medical establishments organized and to keep it running smoothly. Also, since medical assistants are closely working with patients and with other medical staff like doctors and nurses, their program courses also include patient relations, ethics and medical laws and principles.

Although, some of the roles of medical assistants are identical a doctor assistant or a nurse, they are very different. Medical assistants carry out clerical and clinical tasks while nurses are more on treatments and patient management.

In the main a medical assistant handles administrative duties and or clinical duties.

1. Administrative Duties and Responsibilities

– Answering telephone calls
– Assist patients and families
– Appointment planning
– Fiscal recording and billing
– Bookkeeping
– Handling correspondence
– Filing and updating patient’s medical records
– Managing insurance forms
– Arranging hospital admissions
– Assisting in laboratory services

2. Clinical Duties and Responsibilities
– Taking patient’s health history
– Recording patient’s vital signs
– Preparing patients for medical examinations
– Assisting doctors during health examinations
– Explaining to patients the procedures that are to be done to them
– Collects and prepares the laboratory specimens
– Buying medical materials and equipments
– Disposing of infected medical materials
– Preparing medical instruments
– Making sure that hospital quarters such as waiting rooms and examination rooms are clean and tidy

In some hospitals medical assistants are allowed, under the custody of doctors to carry out basic medical tasks such as:
– Basic laboratory tests
– Prepare medications and administer medications too
– Instructing patients in taking medications and some diets
– Drug refills
– Draw blood
– Changing of dressings
– Removing sutures

Since medical assistants have a large scope of tasks, they should at all times stay focused and systematic. They must possess pleasing personality and must be good communicators for they must make the patients feel comfortable and easy before and or during examination. Also, medical assistants must be dainty and well groomed for they should look presentable when dealing with patients.

Duties and tasks of medical assistants vary depending in the hospitals they work. In small hospitals or clinics they are to perform both administrative and clinical duties while in large hospitals where there are other medical staff, medical assistants are encouraged to performed specific tasks under the direction of the department administrators.

Regardless where medical assistants work, they are very useful in helping healthcare workers to perform their jobs more effectively and efficiently. As a consequence, the growing needs of people’s medical attention are met through them.

The Role Of Electronic Medical Records In Health Reform

October 9, 2013 Posted by kyu7

How Electronic Records Help Health Reform
Integration of electronic record keeping can help reduce overall health care expenses by limiting administrative costs, ensuring that duplicate procedures are avoided and checking for allergies and other medical sensitivities across a database. Optimally, the system aims to help medical professionals make better decisions based upon lab results, X-Rays, medical history records and a variety of hospital archives. While there is an up-front cost to integrating the systems, most modern hospitals are actively working to streamline their record keeping and open access to fellow medical facilities.

Currently, less than 25% of practicing doctors utilize electronic records for their patients, while emergency room rates are slightly higher. Under terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress allocated funds for doctors who integrate certified electronic record keeping systems . As standards become solidified, a growing number of medical practices are shifting to electronic records.

Privacy and Security in Reform
Many patients’ rights advocates have expressed concern over a central health records database, but medical companies are actively working to comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) so that records are securely stored and can only be accessed by practicing doctors. Incorporating privacy into insurance records is a core part of the process, and recent health reform efforts have helped streamline secure patient record standards.

Relying upon electronic documentation, it is much easier for doctors to show exactly why they performed a specific procedure. With this evidence, medical professionals are able to show that adverse medical outcomes were not caused by error, potentially limiting their tort liabilities. Although the legal aspects of health reform remain under debate, many medical professionals are working to limit medical transcription and record keeping errors to provide safer, more reliable medical care. A combination of improved record keeping, medical delivery and quality care can result in improvements in overall health outcomes.