Mark Blaszczyk was remodeling his deck on a recent day in Wheatfield. A few months ago, that didn’t look like it would be possible. His right ankle was in constant pain from rheumatoid arthritis, limiting his mobility. Then his podiatrist, Dr. Brian Damitz, told him about a new procedure that might be able to help: an ankle replacement.
One hundred years from now, hospitals will be nearly unrecognizable as care moves to the outpatient setting and organizations integrate artificial intelligence, telemedicine and other IT applications to care for patients outside the walls of their institution.
Millennials have been bringing new ideas and ways of doing things to many workplaces for at least a decade now. But the impact of this generation — born between 1982 and 2000 — is just now being felt in healthcare as younger physicians finish their medical training in their early to mid 30s, and as millennials leave their parents’ health insurance.
In 2010, when the first stage of the meaningful use (MU) program was announced under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), the core goals of the federal initiative were to improve how healthcare providers use electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care, safety, and access.
More than 600,000 U.S. residents have a total knee replacement each year. By 2030, those numbers are projected to shoot up past 3 million, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. People younger than 65 represent the fastest growing group of patients.
Seven spine surgeons discuss the latest trends in spine procedures performed in the outpatient setting.