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Today workplace professionalism doesn’t look the same to everyone, telemedicine may have a role in the ED, and Covid-19 vaccine skepticism among healthcare providers is a thing. Plus, you will want to see the cutest travel story.
Professionalism doesn’t look the same to everyone
In the healthcare setting, women, minorities, and LGBTQ workers value professionalism more than their white, male counterparts. They are also more likely to leave a position because of issues of professionalism, according to the results of a large-scale survey of the staff, faculty, and students in a large academic health system.
These findings suggest that health care institutions must reevaluate and redefine professionalism standards in order to make the culture of their institution more inclusive and to improve the retention of minorities and women.
How telemedicine can improve ED
Overcrowded emergency rooms are a costly and concerning problem, compromising patient care quality and experience. Turns out telemedicine could help enhance emergency medicine delivery, according to a study published in Information Systems Research.
Using a large data set covering all emergency visits in New York state from 2010 to 2014, the researchers found that the adoption of telemedicine in the ED significantly shortened average length of stay and wait time. Researchers suggest telemedicine improves an on-call physician’s efficiency by eliminating commute time and smoothing workflow, which can shorten a patient’s wait for physicians. However, investment in telemedicine comes at the cost of adding more nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants to the staff or having the on-call APPs do more.
Not all healthcare providers want to get the Covid-19 vaccine
According to a CDC poll taken in November, about 63% of healthcare workers say they will get the Covid-19 vaccine when available, revealing that many healthcare workers are concerned and anxious about the Covid-19 vaccines.
Why are some HCWs on the fence? Among the top reasons: the speed of vaccine development and concerns about political interference with the process. One Texas-based family physician told NPR that the government’s messaging around the vaccine—that it’s the instant solution to the plague of 2020, and that it will be free for everyone—sounds a little too good to be true.
Some HCWs have voiced concerns about safety and potential side effects from COVID-19 vaccines. They want clear safety and efficacy data before they sign up to get a new vaccine. Hopefully calls upon the drug companies to release the vaccine trial data publicly will be met, so that you’ll have the information needed to judge for yourself.
ONE BIG NUMBER
The percentage that year-to-date spending on health services has decreased from last year. Health spending for the calendar year may end up lower than it was in 2019. This is the first time expenditures for patient care have fallen year-over-year since data became available in the 1960s, reports the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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