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Dr. Secan’s Insights

Thoughts from a Practicing Hospitalist & medaptus’ Chief Medical Officer.

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Race for a Vaccine

It’s hard to categorize what I’m feeling right now regrading COVID-19.  But at root, I think it’s a race, and I’m not sure how it’s going to play out (especially since I’ve stopped predicting things). On the one hand, we see spiking cases and deaths. At the original peak (in July) we were seeing ~70,000 new cases/day.  Now, that number…
Ryan Secan
November 18, 2020
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Unsafe Workloads in Hospital Medicine

So, if you’re listening to my new podcast (insert shameless plug for The Boston Health Podcast here), you’ll know that one of my favorite podcasts is Armchair Expert.  On this show, Dax Shepard and Monica Padman interview celebrities and experts in various fields.  It’s a fun show to listen to, and one the things they talk about all of the…
Ryan Secan
October 27, 2020
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Hospitalist Perspectives: Taking action on doctor burnout

For many healthcare professionals that spent time on the COVID frontlines early on, any pre-existing feelings of professional burnout were grossly exacerbated by lack of control, overwhelming uncertainty, isolation, and the loss of life.   When it comes to how to address burnout, I have to say, everyone who sits at the table talks a good game – especially in…
Ryan Secan
October 21, 2020
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Hospitalist Perspectives: Logic as Bias

As I shared before, I really have gotten out of the business of predicting things.  Well, I thought I had.  But now I find myself being surprised by some things, which means I must have had some internal predictions that I wasn’t aware of. I find myself surprised that all of the major sports have been playing, and we haven’t…
Ryan Secan
September 23, 2020
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Small sinks – what’s with that?

I guess it’s time to talk about product design again.  Please, when you make a new product (or a new version of an old product), please keep your users in mind.  Think about and understand how they’re supposed to use your product, and make sure it meets their needs.  As an example, (and I realize that this may not be…
Ryan Secan
August 27, 2020
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20 Years of Medicine

There have been a lot of jokes about how awful a year 2020 has been, with a pandemic, quarantines, police violence, social unrest, and even invasive murder hornets.  However, it’s also the 20th anniversary of the founding of medaptus.  While I wasn’t here from the beginning, I’ve been with medaptus for almost ten years, and have seen a lot of…
Ryan Secan
July 23, 2020
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Software Design That is Intuitive Versus Prohibitive

I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus, but I need to take a minute to talk about some glitchy things that as a physician technologist, really make me crazy. Since I work at several different hospitals as a hospitalist, we can avoid naming names.  At one facility, there are multiple IT-related problems that are not being addressed despite…
Ryan Secan
July 8, 2020
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Hospitalist perspective: on being a patient

So, I had what felt like a unique experience today:  I went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned.  Now this isn’t unique because I’d never done it before (thankfully no dental issues) – it was my first real experience as a patient in the COVID-19 era.  I got just the smallest taste of what my patients are experiencing.…
Ryan Secan
July 2, 2020