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Dr. Secan’s Insights

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

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Hospitalist perspective: I wonder what my dog thinks. . .

In my normal, everyday life, I live with my wife, two kids, and my mother-in-law.  She’s in great health without significant comorbidities, however, I’d be very concerned about her outcome if she picked up COVID-19.  As a practicing hospitalist I’ve been taking care of lots of patients who are sick with COVID-19, and given my exposures, it didn’t make sense…
Ryan Secan
May 7, 2020
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Doctor Stock Photo #FAILS

I'm a practicing hospitalist and also the Chief Medical Officer here at medaptus. It is in this latter role that I find myself looking at stock medical photos and often as per the request of our marketing team.  I may be crafting a presentation or advising on our website, or I may be on the receiving end of a pitch. …
Ryan Secan
February 26, 2020
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Workflow Management by Ryan Secan, MD

I had a very interesting discussion here on day #2 of the SHM Leadership Academy.  I was speaking with a potential client of our ASSIGNCARE product suite, and to continue the theme from yesterday, we were discussing workload management. Workload Management About a year or so ago, I heard Dr John Nelson give a talk about workload, and one of…
Ryan Secan
November 10, 2019
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Workload Balancing by Ryan Secan, MD

I’d like to take a quick break from our series on physician inertia to discuss one of the more interesting things I’ve learned exhibiting at SHM Leadership Academy taking place right now in Nashville.  At this gathering, hospitalist leaders from around the country get together to learn about the challenges facing hospital medicine, and how they can better respond to…
Ryan Secan
November 5, 2019
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Slow to change – Part 2

It is a commonly held belief that medicine (being inherently conservative with the lives of patients at risk) is quite slow to change.  It is often cited that it takes 17 years for research evidence to reach clinical practice.  While the estimate is problematic (Morris, Wooding, and Grant point out that three separate studies have demonstrated this 17-year lag, however,…
Ryan Secan
October 30, 2019
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Slow to change – Part 1

I was reading the Journal of Hospital Medicine the other day, and after enjoying the Things We Do For No Reason column again (which is one of my very favorite things to read, given an unfortunate contrarian bias I have), I began to look at all of the previous columns.  I was amazed by how many of them there are…
Ryan Secan
September 30, 2019