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Hear Me Now podcast - Staffing a pandemic

Sean Collins

Call them Unsung Heroes, call them Essential Workers, today we talk with some of the people whose mission-critical work keeps our hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care open during a pandemic. Episode Notes Last spring, Cylix Shane and some other engineers, using off-the-shelf parts, built a prototype emergency ventilator that could be readily-deployed during the pandemic. “We have some rural hospitals that wouldn’t have access to ventilators if they had a surge in patients, so we wanted to be able to allow them to configure one rapidly using parts they could get locally.” Total cost: about $250. WATCH VENTILATOR VIDEO Cylix Shane Design & Construction Manager Providence St. Joseph Health Spokane, Wash. Heather Martin leads a team of 14 medical librarians who support the work of Providence caregivers in seven states. She says that 75% of her work this past year has been staying on top of research focused on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the treatment of COVID-19. On average, she sees around 1,200 to 1,500 peer-reviewer articles each week, which she prioritizes and passes on to Providence clinicians. “They can do their own research and find evidence, but I’d much rather my doctor was spending time reading the article rather than spending time in a database when they have librarians to do that.” Heather Martin Director System Library Services Providence Astoria, Ore. Donell Grayer is sous chef at Providence Marionwood, a skilled nursing

HMNP Medical records and medical literacy

Sean Collins, Dr. Gregg Vandekieft, Nathan Kottkamp, and Maura Wozniak

Episode Summary The 21st Century Cures Act is making it easier for patients to have access to their medical records. But will we understand what we read there? And are clinicians writing with patients in mind? Episode Notes On April 5, 2021, a new federal rule mandates that healthcare providers make most medical records available to patients without charge and without blocking. It's a move proponents hope will promote transparency and collaboration between patients and clinicians. But will clinicians tailor their language for patients? Will the average patient understand what's in the medical record? And will this move aimed at transparency cause more confusion than clarity? Healthcare attorney Nathan Kottkamp and palliative physician Gregg VandeKieft join Seán Collins to discuss the new medical records rule and some ways patients and clinicians can use the change for their common good. And then Maura Wozniak joins Seán to talk about how important it is for patients with chronic illness to understand their condition and their treatment options in order to fully participate in their own care. She has lived with cystic fibrosis her whole life and says it's "imperative" that you understand your medical condition. Nathan Kottkamp, JD Partner Waller Law Firm Nashville, Tenn. Founder National Healthcare Decisions Day Gregg VandeKieft, MD Medical Director Palliative Practice Group Providence Institute for Human Caring Palliative Care Physician P

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