PracticeLink Magazine

Winter 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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Page 36 of 83 W INTER 2019 37 T E C H N O T E S MD Anderson's QuitMedKit MD Anderson, the venerable cancer treatment center, is upping its focus on prevention by releasing a round of new tobacco and nicotine cessation apps. The apps released recently are Vaper Chase and QuitMedKit. The original QuitMedKit was released more than four years ago, but it has been completely been revamped and re-released. Vaper Chase is an interesting medical app game for patients that explains the dangers of new and emerging tobacco products. QuitMedKit is based on the 2008 clinical guidelines for tobacco cessation from the u .S. Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines also include first-line medications that help with increasing long- term smoking abstinence rates. For those who counsel patients on tobacco cessation and want an easy-to-digest format for viewing evidence- based recommendations, this app is key. Prior apps released by MD Anderson have been updated infrequently. I'm hoping that's not the case with this one. CDC Cause of Death Reference Guide There's another recently launched CDC app that provides significant utility — this one for physicians who work in inpatient settings and have to complete a death certificate when a patient dies. I remember that, when I was a resident, this was the line always fraught with debate, as there were often multiple morbidities and pathologies that contributed to death, but you have to list one main cause. The CDC wants to educate providers about how to fill this section out correctly because they track causes of death nationally and release the data to the public. These reports also shape how grants and research funding can be allocated by the N I h and other foundations. For example, if there's a sudden uptick in a cause of death from a particular pathology or region, there would be more research funding granted to explore further and come up with a solution. Overall, the app is a great resource if you want to make sure you're completing a death certificate accurately. ILTIFAT HUSAIN, M.D., is editor-in-chief and founder of the website, the leading physician publication on digital medicine. He's also assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of medical app curriculum at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Learn more about our contributors on page 20. Win! Find your next practice—and enter to win a $500 gift card—at p Price: Free. iPhone, iPad: Android: Price: Free. Apple: Android:

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