Interviews & Features
This year’s Patient Experience Week (PX Week) takes place from April 26-30, 2021. It’s a time to celebrate how healthcare staff impact the patient experience, and an opportunity to re-energize the conversation around what constitutes a positive patient experience. Healthcare administrators, clinicians, support staff, and patients are all stakeholders when it comes to the concept of patient experience, and PX Week is a chance to bring them together.
Across the country, certain pockets are experiencing hardship. Almost a quarter of Pennsylvania’s EMS agencies shut down between 2012 and 2018 due to budget and staffing shortfalls. Similar situations have arisen in New York and New Hampshire.
The significance of your data privacy can easily become convoluted in day-to-day life. We have become accustomed to not reading terms agreements when we download a new app or enter a website with cookies. We do it without thinking. But the consequences of your personal data getting into the wrong hands are very real—especially when it comes to data on your personal health.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 413 million Covid-19 tests have been administered in the U.S. as of April 2021, and every day that number rises. But have you ever wondered who is responsible for performing this task?
Demand for medical testing is expected to grow in coming years due to the introduction of new genetic tests to the market and an aging population, but there is a concerning shortage of laboratory professionals plaguing hospitals, doctor’s offices, and labs that is only expected to get worse. We investigate why there aren’t enough laboratory technicians and technologists to go around and what a career in medical laboratory sciences looks like.
Histology, which is the science of cell structure, isn’t at the front of most people’s thoughts. Histotechnology, which focuses on detecting tissue abnormalities and aiding in the diagnosis of disease, is even further removed from the mainstream conversation. Job data from the BLS suggests the field of histotechnology will grow at over double the national rate, pay over the average salary, and continue to offer entry-level jobs that sometimes require only an associate’s degree.
Since the onset of the pandemic, hospitals across the country have experienced staffing shortages among frontline workers, but one profession, in particular, has seen a huge increase in demand: respiratory therapists (RTs) or respiratory care practitioners (RCPs).
It can be too easy, sometimes, to look past the work of a dental assistant. But they represent the largest segment of the dental workforce. This is a fast-growing, patient-facing role that’s much more complex than it seems.
For years, cardiovascular disease has been the number one cause of death in the US, as well as the leading driver of healthcare costs. While medical science has made significant advancements in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, rising obesity rates and unhealthy lifestyle choices have caused the problem to worsen.
In 2021, there are four relatively high-paying and high-growth medtech careers that may be ideal for introverts: medical and clinical laboratory technology, medical equipment repair, cytotechnology, and pathologist assistance. Each profession includes a discussion of job responsibilities, typical education required, credentialing, expected growth in job openings, and salary prospects.