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Doctor Gives Inspiring TedTalk and Asks, “What’s Missing in CME?”

In a recent TedTalk given to health care professionals interested in medical education, Lawrence Sherman, Senior Vice President of Educational Strategy for Prova Education, argued that patients should be incorporated into doctors’ medical training from day one. He made his case with both statistics and humor; pointing out that the textbooks used while in school are often outdated by the time physicians start practicing, and showing images of doctors hovering confidently over empty hospital beds. Sherman noted the absurdity of the three years that typically pass between a doctor’s formal education and the time they start working with patients.

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“Physicians know what to prescribe, yet most of the patients don’t get the results they expect,” he said. He pointed to the lack of focus on patient care as a prime reason for this. According to Sherman, “Doctors education doesn’t focus on what patient’s needs are beyond what to prescribe.”

As a hopeful example of a more patient-centric approach, he pointed to an innovative medical program at The Hofstra North Shore- LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University Center Long Island School where for the first 100 weeks, the students are taught to be EMTs and work with patients.

Assisting patients with valuable information

Counter to most training, Sherman suggested that doctors be trained to bring their medical books and resources into the office and walk patients through the text, providing information about and reasons for their treatment.

He also identified new approaches to continuing medical education and professional development as another opportunity to shift the paradigm: “Teach doctors to manage patients instead of the disease.” According to Sherman, doctors and specialists should be taught to work as a collaborative team rather than individual parts of patients’ treatments. “The biggest mistakes in practices are made in transitions between specialists,” says Sherman.

After comprehensively answering what’s missing in doctors’ training, Sherman left the audience with one question about his proposed solutions: “Is this revolutionary or evolutionary?”

For the top medical continuing education facility in Nevada, visit the Oquendo Center today.

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Facebook Posts Could Get You in Trouble with Medical Licensing Board, According to New Survey

Is it OK for a doctor to post a photo of himself drinking at a holiday party, while not appearing obviously intoxicated? What if the physician is wearing holiday scrubs in the photo, indicating he may possibly be drinking on the job? How about a doctor tweeting a drunken photo of herself? While a variety of medical associations have published social media guidelines for doctors in the past several years, they have been rather vague. The guidelines advise doctors to use common sense on social media sites, but many would prefer specific guidelines on towing the social media line.

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A new survey from the University of California, San Francisco, was conducted to help bring more definitive answers to what is appropriate and professional for physicians to include on social media, such as tweets, blogs, and Facebook photos. Researchers at UCSF sent the surveys, which contained hypothetical examples of social media activity, to state medical licensing board directors located throughout the U.S. The directors were asked to decide whether the hypothetical activities would result in board investigations.

The survey’s fictional examples, which ranged from the harmless to the outrageous, were based on activities that medical boards had reported being concerned about. Examples included a photograph of a doctor on a drinking bender, passed out and surrounded by empty alcohol bottles; a doctor asking a patient out via an online dating website; and a photo of a patient having a baby that’s posted on a doctor’s website.

“It’s not hard to find images just like the ones we used with just some limited searching,” said Dr. Ryan Greysen, who designed the survey and is an assistant professor at UCSF.

Things to avoid posting on social media

Survey results revealed that there are certain things that, if posted online, will guarantee a physician gets in trouble. Over 80% of the boards who participated stated that an obviously misleading and impossible-to-prove claim on a doctor’s website – such as stating the doctor will cure a patient’s cancer, guaranteed – would warrant a board investigation.

Dr. Vineet Arora, an internist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, is active on social media sites and says, “it’s not 100 percent, which gives you some pause. What triggers an investigation in those states? If this doesn’t do it, what does?”

Arora found herself more interested in grey areas where there wasn’t a consensus among medical boards. For example, a little less than half of the boards reported they would investigate a doctor who wrote a disrespectful blog post about a patient.

The results of the survey, published in Annals of Internal Medicine’s January 15, 2013 issue, and other surveys like it, will ultimately be helpful to doctors who want to start using social media, but are afraid of jeopardizing their careers, says Arora. She states, “I feel like some of the mistakes we see are rookie mistakes. That’s when you’re still navigating the appropriateness of social media. People who have been using social media for a long time don’t usually get caught up in this kind of issue.”

If you’re looking for a Las Vegas medical meeting facility to hold conferences, visit us online for a virtual tour of the space we have to offer.

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12 Useful Apps for Healthcare Professionals

On the Apple Market there are approximately 118 recommended apps available for Healthcare Professionals. They range from apps that focus on Medical Education to apps that physicians can recommend to patients. The following are 12 apps, we’ve hand-selected that Healthcare Professionals might find particularly useful.

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For learning and keeping your knowledge updated on anatomy, we recommend:

1. Human Anatomy Atlas (formerly titled Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas 2)

According to professionals, the Human Anatomy Atlas “is the most robust human anatomy learning and teaching app on the market”. It includes more than 3,400 anatomical structures in 3D and includes models that are both female and male. Users can rotate freely, view different combinations of anatomy, and even zoom in and out. Their latest version includes animations as well.

2. Muscle System Pro III

This app is considered a standard learning reference tool for students and medical professionals, and is used by most universities. It includes 425 audio pronunciations, 548 isolated muscles, and 548 muscles Insertion and Origin maps, as well as 215 movement animations. It even allows you to toggle between muscles and their attachment points to the bone.

3. Heart Murmur Pro – The Heart Sound Database

This is considered the ultimate heart sound learning tool. It has 23 different heart sounds and what each means, as well as information on where the sound is heard best, physical examination findings, treatment options and links to other sources.
For hospital care, we recommend:

4. AirStrip – Patient Monitoring

AirStrip is an impressive remote patient monitoring system. It connects physicians to patients anywhere there’s access to cellular or Wi-Fi connection. It can pull information from hundreds of different types of patient monitors and ECG machines, as well as a variety of other clinical information from your facility’s electronic medical record (EMR).

5. Cerner Physician Express

This app creates quick access to clinical information and submit orders. Providers can quickly view patients’ current and outstanding orders and access comprehensive clinical information such as abnormalities, vitals, medications, allergies, and diagnoses.

6. Nursing Central

Nursing central helps nurses and students find detailed information on procedures, tests, drugs, and diseases. It allows instant access to a database of 5,000 drugs, a medical dictionary with 60,000 entries, as well as the latest information on diseases. It also allows you to upload nursing journals directly to your device.

7. NurseTabs: MedSurg

This application allows new nurses and nursing students to search for over 340 common diseases and disorders. Unlike Nursing Central, it separates the diseases by body system. It also includes treatment processes, and other useful information related to diagnosing and treating each disease.

8. MediBabble Translator

This is a free, professional-grade medical translation tool designed to improve quality of care for non-English speaking patients.

Finally, the following are great apps to recommend to patients:

9. Food Diary and Calorie Tracker by MyNetDiary HD

Food Diary and Calorie Tracker offers a food entry journal with over 510,000 foods, a built in barcode scanner, and a PhotoFoods service (if a food item is not in the database, you can send photos and they will update the food for you). It helps patients track their food intake and even works off-line. When internet connection is available, it will sync to MyNetDiary’s cloud.

10. Cancer.Net Mobile

This app includes up-to-date guides on 120 types of cancer. It includes information about each cancer’s treatment, how to manage side effects, and the cost of care and living with cancer. It helps patients keep track of questions to ask doctors and save information about prescribed medications. It also tracks the time and severity of symptoms and side effects.

11. ZocDoc- Doctor Appointments Online

This app allows patients to find and book doctor appointments in minutes. First they enter their zip code and their insurance information. It then reveals a list of compatible doctors and their availability.

12. WebMD Pain Coach

This app is a mobile companion to help patients through daily health and wellness choices to enable them to better manage their chronic pain. It offers physician-reviewed tips related to their specific condition and even delivers advice for daily pain management. The WebMD Pain Coach puts patients in control of their lifestyle choices so they can review patterns and better understand triggers, set goals and share their progress with their physician.

Are there apps you find useful that we missed? Feel free to share them by commenting below! If you’re looking for a Las Vegas medical meeting facility, visit us online for a virtual tour of the space we have to offer.

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What Makes a Good Event Venue?

What goes into the making of a great event venue? A combination of factors play large roles in choosing the right venue for a CME conference or similar event, as inadequate venues can result in lasting damage to a conference’s reputation. This includes how many attendees will return the following year. With the goal of making the event as memorable as possible, here are a few important factors to consider when choosing a venue for an event.

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Location

A prime location is essential when choosing an event venue. The type of venue chosen depends on the event itself; however, there are factors that play a role no matter what type of event is being held. For example, knowing the size of the event is necessary in determining which venue to use. Space requirements are usually the first thing event organizers determine when looking at venues, so be sure to find a space that works for your event.

After figuring out such requirements, the next step is to consider the location itself. A good example is a venue that piques the interest of regional, national and international attendees, and can accommodate as needed. Venues that are easily accessible, found in destinations such as Las Vegas or other metropolitan areas and places with lots of transportation options are ideal. The venue also needs to reflect the tone of the event, giving attendees the right impression that will last long after the event is over.

Technology

Another important factor when choosing an event venue is how the space utilizes current technology. The “mobile workforce” continues to gain momentum, with many utilizing their phones and similar devices for conference calls, sending important documents, emails and much, much more. This means that a venue well equipped with quality Wi-Fi is very important, as are features such as video conferencing facilities and social media packages. Organizers who offer these things will undoubtedly see a spike in attendance.

Service, Service, Service

Finally, quality service and feedback is necessary when choosing an event venue. Customers often note that how they are treated and taken care of is what makes an event worth talking about. This is best accomplished through venues working closely with organizers through every stage of the process. Think about custom room requirements, special menus for those with dietary restrictions, specialists that work with AV equipment and anything else that makes up quality service to guarantee success at your next event.

In addition to unmatched customer service, organizers must look for a venue that is upfront about pricing and won’t sneak in fees and other hidden costs. Organizers should look for a venue that can provide plenty of reassurance as to the final cost of the event.

A quality event organizer will use all of these factors as a checklist in the search for the ideal event venue. While a lot of work must go into any conference or similar event, the payoff for all that work put in is well worth the effort. For more information on a Las Vegas medical meeting facility, contact the Oquendo Center today.

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Four Current Trends that Will Shape the Healthcare Industry’s Future

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, aiming to keep up with new technology and the needs of patients. Here are some of the ways we can expect healthcare to change in the coming years.

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Information access

More information is readily available to us than ever before, including information about healthcare and medical problems. It is now completely normal for people to look up possible causes of the symptoms they have before they go to the doctor, as well as seek out more information about a diagnosis they’ve been given. This makes it much easier to become more informed about our health.

Another important factor is the increasing use of electronic medical records. Not only can doctors and hospitals around the country access your medical records electronically (with your permission, of course), at some medical practices people can access their own medical records online. This is something we can definitely expect to become much more common in the coming years.

Changing demographics

The population of the United States has been changing rapidly over the past few decades. With much more racial and ethnic diversity than there used to be, the average age of the population has increased. Larger numbers of people are living further into old age than ever before, and this older population has its own unique set of needs that the healthcare industry needs to keep up with.
There’s also a greater disparity in wealth than ever before. While there are a lot of people who can afford to pay for any healthcare they may need, there are even more who struggle to pay for their medical care, or forgo it altogether because they can’t afford it.

Limited resources

While there is an increasing demand for healthcare services, the number of people going into the field of medicine hasn’t kept up with the demand. The high number of uninsured patients and decrease in Medicare and Medicaid payments in the last decade have placed a heavy financial burden on health care providers, from the largest hospitals to the smallest family clinics. There’s also the added difficulty of obtaining the necessary funding for operating a medical practice, making medical resources more limited than they have been in previous years.

Globalization

American healthcare companies are looking to expand overseas, not only to meet the demands of local populations but also to participate in medical tourism. Roughly 25% of patients said they’d be willing to travel outside the US for a medical procedure, and having US operated medical centers would make it easier for people to do so. Drug companies are also looking beyond our borders for new markets, especially since US drug sales are predicted to drop 31% by 2015.

For more information on Las Vegas medical meeting facilities, visit the Oquendo Center today.

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The Biggest Problems Medical Meeting Planners Face Today

Editors at Convene, the Professional Conference Management Association’s monthly magazine, recently invited a group of experts in the field of medical meeting planning to participate in a round table discussion about their profession and the organizations they serve.

The editors asked the participants to identify the biggest challenges they face professionally, as well as describing what they believe represent the most pressing issues impacting medical meeting planners in today’s rapidly evolving health care industry.

While everyone voiced their fair share of frustration at the round table, they also expressed confidence in the enduring value of meetings for medical professionals. Some even offered a few insights into how they’ve made their conferences more relevant and appealing in response to the changing needs of organization members.

Here’s a sampling of what some experts believe to be the most important issues facing medical meeting planners.

Felix Niespodziewanski, Director of Convention and Meetings, American College of Surgeons (ACS)

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Felix Niespodziewanski opened the round table by citing changes in conference funding opportunities as his biggest challenge. He said his organization has begun to lose its major exhibitors, requiring the group to come up with new ways to pay for their meetings.

Niespodziewanski attributed this loss, in part, to the fact that fewer physicians are practicing independently or working in contexts that authorize them to make purchasing decisions. According to Niespodziewanski, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers realize they need to reach providers, not procurement officers, to be successful. As access to these providers has become more difficult to obtain, exhibitors have turned away from large events and focused their energies on smaller and more specialized meetings.

Despite budgetary struggles, Niespodziewanski remains optimistic about the future of medical meetings and continues to explore ways to create a stronger, more vital conference participation base for his organization.

ACS has started to reach out more vigorously to medical practitioners from other countries. Conference organizers are considering including translators and presentations in languages other than English at future meetings in hopes of garnering a larger audience.

Barbara Smith, Executive Director, American Thyroid Association (ATA)

Barbara Smith spoke next, commenting that she feels particularly exasperated by the rigidity and paperwork-heavy nature of CME credit issuance regulations. While she acknowledged the benefits of medicine elevating continuing education expectations in general, she criticized the new rules for applying a one-size-fits-all standard to conference activities that vary greatly in terms of their format and intended purposes. According to Smith, the current standard inflates the value of attending long and formal lecture formats and discounts many of the educational benefits conference-goers receive when they participate in more informal discussions and activities.

Smith described medical meetings as environments uniquely conducive to generating new ideas and solutions to problems. She said that face-to-face conversations with fellow scholars facilitate insight and creativity in a way nothing else can. Because of this, she felt certain medical professionals would continue to seek out such conversations.

Smith also noted that her strategy for ensuring healthy conference attendance is to focus on a specific need expressed by participants, such as learning about the latest developments in their field. According to Smith, scientists in her organization won’t spend time and money traveling to a conference for information they can find in a journal. They want to know about emerging technologies and cutting-edge research, which is why she aims to find ways to emphasize this in conference programs.

Lisa Astorga, Director of Meetings, International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)

Lisa Astorga believes that since her organization is international, as well as interdisciplinary, her biggest challenge is maintaining compliance with the multiple accreditation standards and laws that govern her society’s members and the group’s conference activities.

Astorga also identified the unpredictable and volatile nature of sponsorship and exhibitor participation as a source of anxiety for her, given the fact that her conference relies so heavily on both sponsors and exhibitors for funding.

When asked about the value of professional conferences for health care providers, Astorga observed that it differs according to generational status. For older members, the meetings represent an opportunity to spend time with old friends and discuss shared interests. For younger members, meetings allow them to gain professional exposure, providing excitement when given the chance to present their work.

Ben Hainsworth, Director, Congresses and Meetings Division, European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Ben Hainsworth also cited economic uncertainty as a major issue for his organization. He stressed the difficulties involved in making long-term plans about how to allocate resources, in the absence of information about when and how things like organizational demographics, institutional support for participants and sponsor and exhibitor involvement might change.

At the same time, he acknowledged that economic uncertainty in the health care field has helped his organization to become more robust. For many members, the group’s annual conference represents one of the few professional constants in their lives, increasing their willingness to invest in it heavily. Hainsworth has turned the conference into the main platform professionals in the field use to share their work, gain exposure and network with colleagues.

Ultimately, all of the participants expressed excitement about the future of medical meetings. They also showed optimism in the process of planning these types of meetings, despite the difficulties associated with working in an uncertain and shifting economic climate.

As the industry continues to change, the challenges facing medical meeting planners are likely to increase, along with opportunities for creativity and innovation. For more information on medical continuing education, contact the Oquendo Center today.

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Tips for Creating a Successful Virtual Meeting

The rapid growth of simulcasts, hybrid meetings, meetings archived to websites and the use of apps and mobile devices prior to on-site meetings reveals that the traditional and virtual meeting spheres are blending together. As the virtual and in-person meeting worlds converge, meeting managers hold more responsibility for making virtual meetings a success. These 6 rules will help ensure your virtual meeting is professional and effective.

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1. Be Engaging

A passive experience is an ineffective experience. The medical professional participants at your meetings are intelligent; so engage them through the use of interactive components that make them think.

Get your audience involved through polls, open chats and structured texting. The majority of platforms provide easy-to-use polling features that offer multiple-choice questions, instantly displaying group results. Polls foster a positive group dynamic by offering every participant a voice. They also give presenters insight on the attendees’ thoughts and knowledge in real time. Structured texting prompts participants to respond using an on-screen tool that can either instantly display every response, or only selected answers. Open chats further utilize texting by having participants submit comments or questions throughout the meeting. This is an especially helpful way to promote questions and answer sessions, particularly for larger groups.

2. Make Personal Connections

The convenience and budget-friendliness of virtual meetings can be counterbalanced by their lack of immediacy. Offset this drawback by making a personal connection with your audience. One way to do this is to use web-based video, which is an easy, effective and inexpensive tool that most B2B virtual meetings neglect to utilize. Videos enhance connections by revealing the presenter’s gestures, expressions and zeal.

While video shouldn’t be in constant use, it could at least be used in conjunction with other media. From high-definition streaming, to numerous concurrent videos to live video via mobile devices, there are plenty of video options to suit your meeting’s needs.

3. Streamline Your Content

Tighter presentations will help retain your audience’s attention. People may have no problem attending a full-day, on-site meeting, but it’s unreasonable to expect the same of a virtual audience. The natural attention span for even the most interesting virtual meeting is shorter than it would be for an in-person event, so it is essential to focus the content and strive to shorten the total meeting time. Aim to devote 20% less time to each presentation and establish a limit on the number of slides included per presentation.

Other ways to accommodate the limited attention span of a virtual audience include splitting the meeting into two parts held on consecutive days, removing some presentations from the live agenda and including them on a website as self-learning supplements and cutting superfluous content.

4. Keep Things Moving

Interruptions and a slow pace can break your audience’s focus, so moving quickly is essential. Employ a professional moderator who can guarantee a good pace by prompting introductions, transitions and question and answer sessions. Moderators can also coordinate background activities like texting, polling and other multimedia features.

The best way to ensure a brisk pace is by being prepared. Devise a detailed plan of all of the meeting’s elements and a script for the moderator’s comments. Use a storyboard to organize your multimedia components and make sure these features are ready to play. Finally, rehearse your meeting to make sure it is professional and maintains a brisk pace.

5. Be Visually Compelling

Your virtual meeting should never be boring. Having a visually dynamic display will work wonders in keeping your audience’s interest. Make use of an assortment of multimedia options. Although PowerPoint slide effects can turn a boring presentation into a compelling one, don’t rely too heavily on PowerPoint. Screen-sharing functions can broadcast any computer display, opening the door to guided web tours and the ability to present actual articles, documents and materials instead of describing them on a slide. If your meeting platform supports advanced multimedia, use them. Recorded video clips and 3D animations can really make your presentation dazzle.

6. Use the Appropriate Platform

With so many platform options for hosting a virtual meeting, it can be difficult to choose the right one. While it may be tempting to simply use the same platform your company utilizes for internal conferences and meetings, that platform may not be a good fit for your virtual meeting. Platforms can differ wildly in terms of web capabilities, interactive and multimedia features and customer support.

One platform does not fit all, so it is important to consider many factors before making your selection. Think about the number of attendees you expect, how long the meeting will last, what your communication goals are, whether your audience will consist of VIP customers and what your budget will allow. Take all these factors into account and choose the most appropriate platform for your meeting.

As the traditional and virtual meeting worlds merge, these tips will help make your next meeting a success. If you are planning to host a virtual meeting or are looking for a medical continuing education facility, contact the Oquendo Center at 702-739-6698.

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15 Travel Apps For Meeting Planners

As a meeting planner, you are probably familiar with juggling a variety of logistic tasks when meeting time arrives. Adopting an organized approach to your trips and knowing how to find what you need while you’re away can help you manage the chaos more efficiently, feel more relaxed and confident during a meeting and arrive home refreshed and ready to start planning your next big effort.

Here’s a run-down of some of the most noteworthy mobile travel apps to help busy meeting planners get through each stage of the travel process with greater ease.

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Before you go, find the best deals on airfare and lodging

A variety of apps have been designed to help people search for the lowest airfares and hotel rates quickly and easily. Some of the more efficient examples include Hipmunk, Kayak and SkyScanner

Hipmunk (iOS and Android, Free) and Kayak (All Platforms, Free) are both designed to save you time finding low-cost fights and accommodations, by conducting a search of all the top travels sites in one pass. This allows you to compare airfares and hotel rates easily to find the best deals.

SkyScanner (All Platforms, Free) works like Hipmunk and Kayak, only its focus is exclusively on air travel. SkyScanner searches 1,000 sites to deliver the most comprehensive information possible about which flights will get you where you need to go, for the least amount of money.

Keep your travel details organized and handy

Once you’ve made your reservations, consider storing the relevant details together in one place so you’ll have easy access to them while you’re traveling.

Tripit (iOS and Android, Basic Free, Premium $49/year) can make this process easier by allowing you to email your reservation confirmations directly to your Tripit account. Tripit scans these confirmations to create a customized itinerary, populated with all the information you’re likely to need on a trip. This includes flight record locator numbers and hotel contact details. The itinerary is then loaded onto your phone or tablet via the Tripit app for easy access.

Pack everything you need

If you have an iPhone or iPad and you’re one of those people who has a hard time remembering what to pack, give Packing Pro (iOS only, $2.99) a try.

Packing Pro aims to simplify the process of creating a packing list, by offering sample lists, templates and a generous set of item categories to help you remember what you’ll need for your trip. Once you’ve completed your list, you can save it and use it as a basis for future trips.

At the airport, predict delays and quickly adjust

IOS users can take advantage of FlightTrack (iOS only, Free), an app that allows you to monitor flight information in near real time. The app provides details about changing weather conditions, flight delays and gate switches, so you can save time at the airport and make alternate travel plans as quickly as possible.

Make the most of layovers and delays

GateGuru (iOS and Android, Free) can make hanging out at the airport considerably more pleasant and productive. Simply enter an airport name and a gate and the app will tell you which dining options, shops and services are located nearby.

Get around easily

Uber (All Platforms, Free) lets you book limousine or car service at a moment’s notice from nearly anywhere. The best part is, the service can sometimes cost less than hailing a cab. Before you book, the app tells you the price to go from point A to point B, so you won’t have to worry about unpleasant surprises.

Find restaurants, services and attractions

A variety of apps exist to help you find what you’re looking for in an unfamiliar town. In addition to the popular Google Maps, TripAdvisor and Yelp, consider these:

Gogobot (iOS and Android, Free) lets you select from a list of personality profiles (e.g., adventure-seeker) in order to find the attractions most likely to appeal to you. This could be helpful at meetings, where you’re called upon to provide tailored recommendations to different groups of people.

Nearby Me (iOS and Android, Free) is a handy app that tells you where to find the nearest bank, hospital, gas station, etc., based on your current location.

Get translations and currency information

Vocre (iOS and Android, $4.99) provides real-time translations in your voice, allowing you to communicate in multiple languages while on the go.

Need to read something, but not aloud? Take a photo of a sign or other text using your mobile device’s camera and Word Lens (iOS and Android, Free) will quickly translate the text for you like magic.

Finally, for help calculating exchange rates on the go, download the highly rated XE Currency (All Platforms, Free).

Locate help in an emergency

With Help Me (iOS only, $2.99) you can make the equivalent of a 911 call, summoning emergency assistance to your location from nearly anywhere in the world.

Track your spending

If keeping track of receipts and expenses gives you a headache, try Expensify (All Platforms, Free), an app that helps you record your spending and save your receipts by photographing them with your mobile device. Expensify can create detailed expense reports based on your entries, saving you the time and trouble of doing it yourself.

And, there you have it: Fifteen apps with the potential to make your meeting planning trips easier and less stressful. Have you used any of these yourself, or are there apps you can’t travel without that we didn’t include here? For more information on a high tech medical continuing education facility, contact the Oquendo Center today.

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Las Vegas May Soon Become a Hotspot for Medical Tourism

Las Vegas is uniquely positioned to host a thriving medical tourism industry, thanks to high quality medical care, well known attractions and comfortable resorts where patients can recuperate. The city’s Convention and Visitors Authority has recognized how much the valley has to offer patients and providers, adding a medical tourism sales manager to their staff. Now, medical supply and equipment companies are watching the Las Vegas area to see what’s developing.

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Medical tourism started as a movement among patients in developed countries to seek less expensive or more experimental care, outside their home nations. While many Americans are wary of overseas healthcare, they have realized the benefits of having a procedure done away from home. These advantages include: privacy, specialized care not available in their hometown and the chance to add on a mini vacation.

The new medical tourism sales manager at the Visitors Authority will be working with a group of doctors, determined to see the growth of medical tourism in the area by concentrating on quality of care. People already love coming to Las Vegas, so it’s easy to imagine combining a procedure or appointment with a weekend getaway if they know they can receive specialized care.

One doctor in Germany has several patients from the Middle East, where healthcare is inconsistent. This doctor suggests bringing along family members to tour the city before checking in for a two-day annual physical. Since Las Vegas boasts renowned physicians working in world class centers, including The Nevada Spine Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, it’s reasonable for patients to seek specialized care here.

#1 for Medical Conferences

Las Vegas leads the nation as the top spot for medical conferences, ranked number one by the Healthcare and Convention and Exhibitors Association. To meet the needs of conference attendees, several skill training facilities have been established, including the Medical Education and Research Institute of Nevada, the MedCure Surgical Training Center, LVI Dental’s Center for Advanced Professional Education and the 66,000 square foot Oquendo Center, the second largest bioskills lab in the nation. Students at UNLV are even studying the medical tourism industry at large, pinpointing populations Las Vegas might serve and how local spas and wellness centers can be tapped to provide healthy lifestyle and preventative care resources.

Medical supply and equipment manufacturers can get in early on this growing market by partnering with labs and training facilities who provide medical courses and meetings. Conference coordinators can continue to take advantage of Las Vegas as a popular destination and growing research and treatment center. Since local doctors won’t have to travel, conferences and meetings held in Vegas will provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues without ever having to pack a bag.

Las Vegas may be considered Sin City, but in the not too distant future it could be as well known as a place people go to renew, repair and restore. For more information on Las Vegas medical meeting facility, contact the Oquendo Center today.

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Which Do Physicians Prefer: Online CMEs or In Person?

Technology is rapidly expanding in virtually every field, including the medical and healthcare industries. This also extends to CME courses, as participants can now opt to take online courses instead of having to travel to a physical location. In addition, more funding for CME is being used for online courses every year. However, traditional CME remains largely dominant in the industry. A recent study was conducted to analyze the way physicians perceive electronic CME (eCME) when compared with traditional CME.

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The results of the study’s focus groups showed that three key factors were believed to be most important: credibility, control and content/context. Credibility was seen as the most important factor overall, meaning that a course should either be affiliated with a well-known institution or have proper accreditation from a recognized organization.

Control over how the course participants were able to access materials was also an important topic. For example, eCME users valued the ability to access information in a variety of different formats, such as podcasts and videos. In addition, eCME courses allowed users to tailor the amount of time spent on specific topics to their needs. Physicians who valued these aspects of education were much more likely to utilize eCME courses.

Pros and Cons

However, while eCME offers flexibility, it lacks personalized explanations and discussions. For this reason, many physicians and educators strongly favor traditional CME, even in the digital age. For most in the industry, the need for face-to-face discussion and direct in-depth answers cannot be replaced by technology.

The message to take away from this study is that both platforms have their strengths and weaknesses, and it is unlikely that one will completely replace the other. To find resources for a Las Vegas medical meeting facility, contact the Oquendo Center at 866.800.7326.

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