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FALL 2017

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40 FALL 2017 ▾ T HE CON T R AC T S & COMPENSAT ION ISSUE D E P A R T M E N T S Tech Notes ILTIFAT HUSAIN, M.D. Medical apps for physicians The CDC, ACC and University of Toronto help physicians motivate patients, make better decisions and refresh their techniques. IN THIS EDITION OF TECH NOTES, we'll cover a medical app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) essential for the current opioid epidemic, an app from the American College of Cardiology, and an app that helps providers do quick and minor procedures at a patient's bedside. CDC Opioid Guideline: Motivating behavior change Every health care provider is currently aware of the opioid epidemic that is gripping our nation. Many of us see this on a daily basis with patients who come in for overdoses. It has become common to administer naloxone to patients who come into the emergency room with decreased mental status. Per the CDC, overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids, have quadrupled since 1999. To help physicians manage this crisis, the CDC released the "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain" in 2016. These guidelines were meant to help physicians treat chronic pain in patients who are outside of active cancer therapy, palliative care and end-of-life care. The guidelines address when to initiate opioid therapy, the types of opioids to choose, and how to assess the risks and harms of prescribing opioids. At the end of 2016, the CDC released a medical app dubbed CDC Opioid Guideline, an app that condensed the recommendations the CDC had made earlier in the year pertaining to chronic opioid management. The app itself offers some great features. One of the favorites is p Price: Free Apple: oh 30d7PAg Android: hl

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