Mar 302012
 

Whether it is a classification code or a lab result, consumer health information must be protected at all times. Privacy and security practices have also been impacted by changes in law and industry needs, and Health Information Management professionals are poised to lead the change! 

Consumers are given many choices and options when it comes to their protected health information (PHI) and it is important for them to understand their rights under law. Every consumer has the right to:

• View and access their information
• Request and receive copies of their information
• Request confidential communications of PHI
• Request a correction or update to their health information
• Request a restriction to their health information (keep certain information from ever being released)
• Request an accounting of disclosures (log of where certain information was released as defined by law)

Consumers also need to know about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is encouraging the use of electronic health records. This law has led to an increase in the number of health information exchange organizations operating in the US. When healthcare providers share information, consumers see advantages: improved quality of care, increased efficiencies in the services provided, information available at the time of healthcare, and allowing consumers to make educated decisions about their care.

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Mar 272012
 

Dr. Walter J. Pories, a surgeon and researcher, has received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Creative Activity from East Carolina University.

Pories, 82, is a professor of surgery, biochemistry and sport and exercise science at ECU. In addition to being a scientist and physician, he’s also a painter.

Pories recently answered some questions about his career and what’s next for him.

Q: As a medical student, you conducted research showing that zinc was a vital nutrient in livestock and people. How important is it to not only be a physician but also a researcher?

A:  Everybody is a scientist. If you tried two spoonfuls of sugar in your cup of coffee instead of one, you’re a scientist. Children bouncing a ball, damming a creek, building, catching fish are all budding scientists. We need to reward that joy. And if they do mess up, instead of getting angry ask, “What did you learn?” All really good physicians are scientists as well.

Read the rest of Pories interview at http://www.ecu.edu/dhs/newsstory.cfm?ID=2332.

Pories will talk about his research career today at 5:30 p.m. in Room 244 of Mendenhall Student Center as part of Research and Creative Activity Week at ECU.

 

Mar 232012
 

ECU physician from Best Doctors in America list will speak on the history of women surgeons. Dr. Danielle Saunders Walsh, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Brody School of Medicine, will present “Women Surgeons of the 19th Century – Ahead of the Times” on Monday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the 4th floor Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery of the Laupus Library.

 Through vignettes of pioneers, this presentation will discuss the background of women entering medical school and surgery in the 19th century and the issues they faced. As the daughter of a history and religion teacher, Dr. Walsh will combine her loves of surgery, mentoring of women, and history into one presentation.

 Walsh specializes in pediatric surgery and is the current Vice President of the Association of Women Surgeons www.womensurgeons.org/About_AWS/Council_Staff.asp. In November of 2011 she was one of 47 BSOM physicians named on the Best Doctors in America list which represents the top 5 percent of physicians in the country and has more than 46,000 doctors in 400 different specialties www.theeastcarolinian.com/?p=2115.

 For additional information on the Medical History Interest Group presentations, go to www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/HOM/index.cfm. Presentations have been filmed and can be viewed by clicking on the “Previous Presentations” link.

 

Mar 202012
 

Dr. D. Elizabeth Jesse, professor of graduate nursing science in the College of Nursing and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Brody School of Medicine, received a three-year, $640,742 National Institute of Mental Health grant to provide support for pregnant women at risk of depression.

According to Jesse, a certified nurse-midwife, each year, up to 50 percent of pregnant women experience depressive symptoms and 13 percent develop antepartum depression, which can mimic typical pregnancy symptoms like mood swings, fatigue and a change in sleep patterns. Up to 50 percent of women suffering from antepartum depression also will have postpartum depression.

Insight-Plus, a culturally tailored intervention, can help expectant mothers build emotional support from family and friends, set goals, reduce stress, increase positive thinking and improve self-esteem. Jesse believes that women will improve by decreasing risks and increasing resources. If successful, the Insight-Plus program will be a care delivery model for public health staff and lay helpers.

The NIH review panel said study findings will be highly relevant for public health because the intervention is integrated within rural prenatal clinics, including the local health department, where access to mental health resources for treating and preventing antepartum depression is limited.

Mar 162012
 

The School of Dental Medicine’s Hospital Dentistry in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, and Vidant Medical Center will be providing free cancer screenings April 7th before the ECU-Houston Baseball game from 8:00 – 10:00 am.  Faculty members along with students from the School of Dental Medicine will have four dental chairs and lights set up on the ECU home team side of Clark-Leclair Stadium.

Faculty will be conducting head, neck, and oral cancer exams, while the students are educating participants about the importance of oral hygiene.  The students will help escort patients to the dentist, observe the exam, and then escort the patient to the education stations that will also be on site.  The screenings are free and painless and will last approximately ten minutes.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 12,000 lives per year, according to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.  Many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.

For additional information about oral, head and neck cancers, visit http://www.headandneck.org/site/c.8hKNI0MEImI4E/b.6281225/k.BDD9/Home.htm.