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Technology Impacting the Healthcare Industry

It is year 2018 and technology has come a long way in making our lives easier and honestly, a bit more entertaining. Amongst the face-scanning iPhones, self-driving vehicles and 3-D printed houses, technology has also entered various industries on a global level to increase precision and effectiveness as needed. We see this tech evolution making a huge impact in the healthcare industry, where nurses are able to give patients a higher chance at a longer life in parts of patient care that weren’t an option before. Here are some different angles of how tech and nursing are getting along:

Tech in ICU

Karen Higgins, nurse of 28 years and past President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association chimes in on technology being an essential advancement for ICU patients:

“People ask me what is the biggest change in nursing over the years, and my answer is advancements in both technology and medications and also the patients themselves. Many of the patients I care for in the ICU would not be alive 10 or 20 years ago. New technology and medications are wonderful in that they give more patients a chance to survive and live longer[…]” –

Tech and Nursing Education

Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse expresses that while technology advances in healthcare are a given, nurse education needs to catch up:

“Technology improves the practices of medicine, and nursing. It will continue to advance year after year. In order to prepare students to handle such changes, nursing education needs to evolve accordingly. Embracing these new technologies enables us to become nursing professionals who are prepared to provide the best possible patient care.”

Electronic Health Records

USA TODAY in an article called, Career Advice: 4 Ways the Nursing Profession is Changing talks about the benefits of Electronic health records(EHR):

“Electronic health records (EHR) systems have become the norm, making updated patient data accessible instantly. And non-invasive diagnostic tools have started taking hold as well, changing how nurses interact with patients. Nurses need to be tech-savvy, from the latest medical technology to mobile phone apps that can help them organize their schedules and coordinate patient care.”

To reiterate the benefits of taking health records into the digital space, Elika Salimi, 3rd Year Health Scholar at HOAG Hospital states,

“I’ve seen the positive impact that having an electronic medical record system has had at HOAG hospital and the healthcare industry overall. Sharing information about patients amongst providers is easier and more efficient than ever, which directly results in optimum patient care.”

A Second Set of Eyes

An article on The Gypsy Nurse called The Latest Trends and Technology in Nursing 2018 talks about hospitals implementing technological command centers to serve as a second set of eyes for nurses:
“Inspired by NASA, many hospitals are implementing command centers that serve as a ‘mission control’ for all of the services and functions related to patient care.  Today’s nurses are finding themselves able to interact with a second set of eyes and also have help in managing daily bottlenecks.

 

It’s fascinating to see how technology being implemented into our industry can impact so many different levels of our industry besides directly with the patient. However, the truth we can all agree on is that despite all of the tech upgrades to the industry, tech will never come before the compassion and instinct that serves as the lifeline of the healthcare industry.

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KPG Healthcare Spotlight: Natasha Grundeis

Natasha Grundeis is the very first KPG Provider Services Recruitment Consulting Manager and is an amazing asset to the KPG Healthcare team. Here are some fun Q&A’s on Natasha for you to get to know her more and see why we love her!

What’s your favorite thing about being a healthcare recruiter?

The opportunity to make long term matches to not only benefit the physician and the client, but ultimately the patients of that facility. 

What differentiates KPG?

 The focus on building long lasting relationships with both clients and providers. Along with having an amazing team!

 Tell us your favorite memory from being a part of the KPG team?

Our team function recently! It was so awesome seeing how many team members we now have and reflecting on how much growth and success we have had over the past 3 years- and we are just getting started!

Tell us about a Provider that made a difference in your life:

Too many to think of just one! We’ve built amazing relationships with several of our providers and they have shared personal aspects of their lives with us. Seeing pictures of new additions/new moves, etc. that they have shared with us always stands out and knowing that they have a great work-life balance and that we were able to assist with that always feels good!

What, in your opinion, can an applicant do to stand out?

Details details details! The more we know about you, your career goals and your obligations outside of work, the better we can be at sourcing the right opportunities that will fit long term. 

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

Dominican Republican!

Let’s talk food. What’s your favorite cuisine?

Sushi by far!

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UV Safety Tips

This month we are celebrating UV Safety! The purpose of UV Safety Month is to raise awareness about UV rays and to be informed about the best practices for protecting yourself and others. Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation is a type of energy produced by the sun as well as some artificial sources. UV rays damage the DNA of skin cells, making exposure to them a major risk for skin cancer. Because protection from these harmful rays is so important, we’ve put together information about UV rays and the best ways to protect against them. If you’re living in or moving to Southern California, UV protection is especially important since it’s sunny year-round!

Some Things to Keep in Mind:

  • UV Index

UV Index is used to advise people of the strength of the sun’s UV rays on any given day in any given region. The UV index scale reads from 1 to 11+, with 1 being the lowest. The different ranges on the scale indicate the level of risk for unprotected sun exposure. The projected UV index in your area is typically included in daily television, online, and smartphone weather forecasts.

  • Reflection Off Surfaces

Damage from UV rays is not just caused by direct sun exposure. UV rays can bounce off of surfaces like water, sand, snow, pavement, and grass. Make sure to watch out for these surfaces to avoid increased exposure!

  • Peak Seasons

UV rays are most powerful during the Spring and Summer seasons. During this time of the year, it is critical to be aware of the strength of the rays and protect yourself and others when enjoying time outdoors.

  • Peak Hours

UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 4pm. During these peak hours, it is crucial to protect yourself in the most effective ways possible. The best ways to protect against these rays will be discussed next!

The Best Ways to Protect:

  • Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is an effective way to stay protected in the sun when used properly. However, keep in mind that sunscreen does not protect you completely. Sunscreens with SPF values of 30+ or higher are recommended. Be sure to follow the directions of the sunscreen you are using and reapply often.

  1.   Sunglasses

Protection of the eyes is extremely important, and a part of the body people most often forget. In order to avoid the risk of cancer, cataracts, and growths on the eye, it is recommended 100% UV-blocking sunglasses are worn to shield the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

  1.   Cover up

In addition to sunscreen and sunglasses, wearing protective clothing when outside is another great way to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Appropriate protective clothing may include:  a brim hat, long sleeves, and long pants. Opting for darker colored and more tightly-woven clothing is most effective.

  1.   Limit Sun Exposure

Lastly, limiting sun exposure is key to avoiding the lasting damages of harmful rays. Be sure to check your local weather forecast for the daily UV index in your area. If possible, limit time spent out in the sun when the index is extremely high, during peak seasons and times of day.

Here at KPG Healthcare, we’re all about having fun in the sun! However, we believe it is important to raise consciousness about UV rays, their harm, and how to protect against them. We hope the above information is helpful throughout these summer months. Happy UV Safety Month!

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