Interviews & Features

These medical technology features offer insights from seasoned professionals in the field through interviews and expert-written content. They explore issues within specific medical field communities, what to know before entering various careers, and valuable perspectives from contemporary leaders and professors.

For nearly 100 years, the US has been the global leader in scientific research, a position predicated upon its ability to pull in the greatest minds from across the world. Between 1901 and 2015, over 40 percent of all Nobel Prizes have gone to Americans, nearly a third of whom were foreign-born.

nurse types on laptop

Each day, over 4.5 million nursing assistants provide 80 to 90 percent of the direct care received by residents and clients in America’s long-term care facilities. This may include taking vital signs and helping residents with skincare, eating, bathing, and other daily activities; in certain states, it may involve dispensing medication.

health information technologist on laptop, with medical record in foreground

ONC’s Advancing Standards for Precision Medicine Project has focused on two areas of standards of current importance: mobile health, sensor, and wearable data; and social determinants of health (SDOH) data. Presenters shared progress on two different use cases in these areas, walking attendees through what it takes to put a new data standard into practice for the collection of patient data outside of the clinic, for inclusion in patients’ electronic health records (EHRs).

Female and male EMT's respond to an accident

In honor of National EMS Week (May 16-22, 2021), we spoke with Murphy about her journey to becoming an EMT, what she wishes the public knew about life as a first responder, and her advice to those who are considering the profession.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Supported by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), it’s set to coincide with the peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and it seeks to educate patients, family, friends, and advocates about these diseases. It’s also an opportunity to recognize the evolving role that respiratory therapists and other health professionals in treating asthma.

Medical assistant taking female patient's blood pressure

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.

Female and male EMT's respond to an accident

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.

health information technologist on laptop, with medical record in foreground

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.

Medical lab technologist, seen from between shelves of beakers and vials

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.

nursing informatics instructor and student

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).