UA to Co-Host Telemedicine Convention in Phoenix

A patient admitted to a rural Emergency Department with stroke symptoms is immediately connected via an audio/video system to a stroke specialist hundreds of miles away. The specialist conducts an assessment and determines that the patient should be given the clot-busting drug TPA. The patient survives the stroke and recuperates quickly. Without telemedicine and the timely intervention, this patient’s chances of survival would have diminished significantly.

Tele-stroke programs like this are only one of the many telemedicine and telehealth services that reduce barriers to care, improve patient access to specialists, help medical practitioners expand their practice reach and save patients from having to travel or be transported to receive expert specialty care.

To help connect telemedicine and telehealth medical specialty providers with health-care systems that need their services, the award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) is organizing the first annual Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPSTM), to be held October 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

University of Arizona, Phoenix Announce New Downtown Project

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and the City of Phoenix announced Thursday plans to construct a 10-story, 245,000-square-foot research building, pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents in June.
The Regents are scheduled to vote on June 6 on the Biosciences Partnership Building, which would be built immediately north of the Health Sciences Education Building near 7th Street and Fillmore in downtown Phoenix.
“This is an investment by the taxpayers,” said

Valley Hospitals Offering Free StrokeChecks in May

Mountain Vista Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital participating

Mountain Vista Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital are partnering with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association during Stroke Awareness Month in May to offer free stroke-risk assessments through the health initiative, StrokeCheck.

Paradise Valley Doctor Implanting New Device to Help Restore Hearing

Written by Philip Haliman of The Republic.
The Envoy Esteem device has brought improved hearing to more than 1,000 patients worldwide since 2010. It is the first FDA-approved fully implanted device designed to help adults with moderate to severe hearing loss. Now the technology will be more easily available to the hearing impaired in the Valley.
Dr. Mark Syms of Paradise Valley has been certified to perform the surgery.

Phoenix VA's New Interim Director

An interim director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System appointed by the Department of Veterans Affairs assumed his new duties on Monday.
Director Sharon Helman has been placed on administrative leave amid investigations into extreme wait times and scheduling procedures that allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans.
Steve Young will oversee delivery of healthcare to some 85,000 veterans and an operating budget of about $500 million.

Five Ways Your Website Can Drive Patients Through The Door

Written by Jessica Van Liew of AZ Med Beat

As a healthcare provider, the reasons for having a strong online presence are there – an estimated 50+ percent of people start their search for a physician by looking online. When searching for health-related information, it is estimated that around 75 percent of people will search online to find it. The number three online activity, after email and search, is health information searches for every age group.

Building a great website and online presence should be a key part of your marketing plan. It is critical to have an online presence to retain existing patients and attract new patients.

If your practice isn’t online, it might as well be invisible.  One of the most effective ways for a physician or healthcare provider to attract new patients is through a website.  Here are five ways your website can drive patients through the door:

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Holds Fourth Graduation

A new group of 37 University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students were officially conferred with their medical degrees at ceremonies Monday in the fourth graduation for the downtown Phoenix medical school.

Led by a bagpipe and drum corps, commencement exercises began with a procession from the college to the ceremony at Phoenix Symphony Hall. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has graduated 151 physicians in four years. The school opened in 2007 in what was the largest city in the nation without an allopathic (MD-granting) medical school.

Holiday Heart: Could Alcohol Be Causing Your Irregular Heartbeat?

Written by Ian Grant-Whyte, MD, a member of the Maricopa County Medical Society.

Most people, including many doctors, have never heard of a condition called "Holiday Heart." My cardiologist finally discovered I had this particular condition.

Holiday heart is caused by the consumption of alcohol, often brought on by heavy drinking on weekends or holidays. Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) may follow and, for reasons unknown, may only become manifest 24 hours later and can be so disabling that the individual cannot go to work.

Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers to Insurance Exchanges

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants.

"It's all over the marketplace," said Todd Yates, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody, a North Carolina benefits consulting firm. "Employers are inquiring about it an brokers and consultants are advocating for it."

Health spending is driven largely by patients with chronic illness such as diabetes or who undergo expensive procedures such as organ transplants. Since most big corporations are self-insured, shifting even one high-cost member out of the company plan could save the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year - while increasing the cost of claims absorbed by the marketplace policy by a similar amount.

And the health law might not prohibit it, opening the door to potential erosion of employer-based coverage.

University of Arizona Cancer Center - Phoenix "Topped Off"

A construction milestone has been reached at the new University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s outpatient facility in downtown Phoenix as the final beam was set atop the building on Tuesday.

Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus at 625 N. Sixth St., on the northwest corner of Fillmore and Seventh streets, the center will open in 2015. The University is leasing the land from the City of Phoenix.

The 220,000-square-foot, five-story, $100 million facility will offer comprehensive cancer services, including specialized cancer clinics in breast, gynecologic, thoracic, cutaneous oncology and sarcoma, head and neck, gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreatico-biliary, and genitouniary cancers; as well as infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic/interventional radiology, patient wellness and support services, a prevention center, clinical lab space and other related support spaces.

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