Most Central New Yorkers probably picture an ultrasound machine as large unit in a dark room at a hospital or doctor's office. Well, advances in technology have shrunk the devices to about the size of a tablet, and they're small enough to carry in the tight confines of a rescue helicopter. Director of EMS Education at SUNY Upstate Christian Knutsen says ultrasound machines once relegated to hospitals have come a long way from the large units that radiologists struggled to read not that long ago. EMS professionals Monday got hands-on training with the portable units on real patients.
One of the most prevalent health issues is literally killing people in New York at a rate that’s jumped in the last decade. May is mental health awareness month…and experts say many either ignore or avoid getting diagnosed. David Hullett is medical director for Optum, part of United Health Group to improve care and services. He says disorders might hospitalize someone…but others are on the more mild side of the spectrum.
Overseeing the EPIC initiative, the electronic system that stores patient medical records for about half of the population, at Upstate’s Community Campus are, from left, Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, Community Campus Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust and Community Campus Director of Nursing Sharon Klaiber, in the Epic Command Center at Community Campus.
Upstate University Hospital is hoping to save time and money for both its health care centers and its patients through technology. The institution has reached a milestone implementing Electronic Medical Records.
The rise of heroin use around central New York is being seen by those who try and help addicts with drug treatment. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will host a free virtual tour on Wednesday. Spokesperson Ronald Wood says there’s no escaping the spike in heroin use, which he calls the most common source of drug abuse in the region.