Radiologists on average spend several hours per day communicating critical results and unexpected findings to ordering clinicians. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is launching a new voice recognition digital dictation with critical test result management system known as PowerScribe 360 for the imaging department to help streamline the process.


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Any hope of getting legislation defining the use of telemedicine in the state of Florida died during the last week of session, as did the scope of practice, trauma, and other health care bills that were grouped together in the doomed “Health Care Train.” The use of telemedicine in Florida will continue to grow even without legislation, but reimbursement will continue to be a challenge.


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There has been a marked change in the sensitivity patterns in gram negative rods worldwide. This has clearly been the result of widespread antibiotic usage in humans and domestic animals including the food source. This resistance has been seen in a broad range of organisms.


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Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is now the 25th hospital in the nation and the only hospital in the Big Bend to receive full Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This certification reflects TMH’s specialized, protocol-driven approach to treating AFib patients, improving patient outcomes and increasing community education.


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Serving our rural communities is a special calling for individuals who have a passion for rural medicine. Rural counties in the Big Bend suffer some of the highest disease, morbidity and mortality rates in the United States which is sometimes due to a lack of access to healthcare. If you have an interest


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After more than 30 years on the Tallahassee Memorial medical staff, L.L. Pararo, III, MD, will be retiring this summer. Dr. Pararo was a student in Florida State University’s first Program in Medical Sciences class in 1975.


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The Latest on Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings and Prevention of Medical Errors

Thursday, June 12, 2014
5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet


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CPOE continues, and we need all Outpatient Paper Order sets turned in to the Clinical Informatics team ASAP so we can build them for the future.


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David Thompson, Service Line Administrator of Surgical Services, has resigned his position to explore opportunities in Alabama to be closer to his family. His last day was April 30th.


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Under the guidance of interventional cardiologists Wayne Batchelor, MD and Tom Noel, MD, Tallahassee Memorial recently became the second hospital in the state of Florida to offer a state of the art minimally invasive procedure to repair the mitral valve. The procedure, known as the MitraClip repair procedure, offers a novel solution for patients with severe mitral regurgitation who are deemed to be at high risk for surgery.


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The plans for the Florida State University College of Medicine General Surgery Residency at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Board are well on their way.

The program, expected to produce two new general surgeons a year when at full capacity, will be the first surgery residency program in Northwest Florida. Currently, the nearest general surgery residency programs are in Jacksonville and Gainesville.


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In a Surgery Center PACU discussion about prevention of over sedation events, the conversation turned to one surgeon who performed four different procedures that day. Three of the four patients received no pain medication in PACU, and the fourth received only one Percocet tablet. “What does he do that’s different?” I asked.


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