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NTRC Program Addresses End-of-Life Care Planning

When it comes to end-of-life care planning, it's never too early to think ahead. Help is available through an NTSP initiative called North Texas Respecting Choices. This program is designed to motivate patients and families to engage in conversations about end-of-life care planning and to document decisions. Please consider taking advantage of this valuable resource, accessible from the link below.


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Exchanging Data: Health information exchange developed to manage dollars and boost value

Relevant, quality patient care relies on comprehensive clincical information availabe at the point of care. To fuilly transform its paper-based healthcare delivery system into an electronic and integrated care model, North Texas Specialty Physicians, an independent physician associaion based in Fort Worth, invested more than $10 million into the development of an interoperable health information exchange.

NTSP wanted to gather and use real-time patient information that could be parsed from multiple sources to provide faster, better and safer patient care, enhance physician communication and provide fiscally responsible care within one single sign-on application.


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Some doctors join Facebook, Twitter; others wary

Go into any obstetrician/gynecologist's office and you're likely to see a large bulletin board covered with snapshots of babies.

But the docs at one Irving, Texas, OB-GYN practice have taken that ubiquitous display of cute kids into the 21st century. Their patients can post photos on the MacArthur OB/GYN Facebook page, where the doctors post news about their practice and the medical world at large. It has more than 600 fans.


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Healthcare Workers Wonder: How Did We Ever Live Without Our i-Devices?

I recently asked a group of healthcare workers "What's the one technology you can't live without?" It probably won't come as a big surprise that many of the answers began with the lowercase letter "i." In fact, some of the folks I queried sent their answers via devices beginning with that very same letter. D. Elan Simckes, MD, medical director of Fertility Partnership in St. Louis, MO, nicknamed the iPad he got for his birthday his "MyPad."


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