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Due to the complexity of a physician’s decision-making process, reduced situational awareness (SA) can lead to improper decisions and increase the risk of patients suffering adverse outcomes. A study was done to analyze the impact of electronic health records on primary care physicians’ SA.

Studies analyzed the interactions between electronic health records (EHRs) and primary care physicians (PCPs). The studies revealed significant issues with the use of EHRs and their associated communication challenges. The 19 studies that were synthesized revealed various shortcomings in the use of EHRs and presented various barriers to achieving SA. These were

  1. workflow misalignments,
  2. usability…

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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in March 2020, Asian Americans have been the target of increasing racial and violent attacks. Many of these may have been attributed to China’s role in the outbreak. In the US, the effects of the pandemic have been accompanied by an increase in anti-Asian racism. This discrimination is rooted in the country’s long history of xenophobia.

The rise in anti-Asian sentiment comes at the heels of the protests and murders of black people, which may have also contributed to the underreporting of crimes against Asian Americans. …


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The information-blocking rule is encouraging patients to access their physician notes. According to DesRoches, encouraging patients to read their notes could help improve their health.

With access to their own medical records, a patient can also tell when an issue is worth addressing, like being able to check typographical errors can be a good thing. About 20% of patients have detected errors that could have detrimental effects on their care. Many physicians consider errors to be clinically important.
Information blocking refers to the practice of not sharing notes with patients. The new federal rule defines the failure to share these eight…


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Buddhism is cited as the source of mindfulness (Anālayo, 2016). According to Kabat-Zinn et al., (1998) mindfulness is a non-judgmental approach to the experience of humans. While the American Psychological Association (2012), defines mindfulness as “…a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. In its simpler description, mindfulness is not a trait or a practice, it is simply a state of mind.

This state of mind of “being present” now being practiced by nurses and doctors. They are trained in how to focus despite the many events and thoughts that occur during a moment’s attention (Brass, 2016).

It has been…


A few days after my 50th birthday, I started reading The Happiness Curve. (If you are about to reach or just turned 50, I highly recommend you read it!) I found truths in that book but also a lot of confirmed realizations.

Here are some:

“people don’t always understand their own true desires and feelings, and, even if they do, they might not give a straight answer.”

“Everywhere that I have studied happiness some very simple patterns hold: a stable marriage, good health, and enough (but not too much) income are good for happiness. Unemployment, divorce, and economic instability are terrible for happiness — everywhere that happiness is studied.”

“The truest form of wealth is social, not material.”

“Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires”

Alvin Tanicala

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