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What Does a Medical Administrative Assistant Do?

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Medical Administrative Assistants are normally the first line when it comes to meeting and greeting patients but their responsibilities, and their importance towards healthcare providers, are far more substantial than just a secretarial role.    In this article, we’ll be looking at the responsibilities of the medical administrative assistant and how you can become one. What Is a Medical Administrative Assistant? Unlike a medical assistant, which is a clinical role, a medical administrative assistant does not assist in medical procedures, but rather takes care of the administrative functions of the healthcare providers fo which they work, be that a large..

What Skills Do Employers Look for in a Medical Administrative Assistant?

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Compared to other administrative roles, working as a medical administrative assistant has certain unique challenges.    While many of the issues faced by healthcare facilities are would be recognizable to any administrative assistant, such as the need for prompt and efficient communication, inventory management, effective billing, and information distribution, in the healthcare industry, these issues are directly tied to people’s ongoing good health and, in some cases, their lives.   To fill this vital role, employers in the healthcare sector look for people with certain skill sets, and, in this article, we’ll be looking at which skills they value the..

5 Non-clinical Healthcare Career to Consider

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Not everyone working in the medical sector has to be involved in primary care. All healthcare providers thrive as much on logistics and administration as much as they do on the skills of their care providers.    After all, even the best doctor cannot provide effective care if they don’t have the medicines or equipment they need. So, if you are considering a career in the healthcare sector, but want an option that isn’t clinical, here are 5 to consider. Marketing and Communications If you have a flair for engaging other people and communicating in a clear and effective way..

The Importance of Washing Your Hands

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With COVID-19 outbreaks in roughly 50 countries around the world, one of the most consistent pieces of advice from healthcare professionals and organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is that washing your hands is one of the key measures that can slow the spread of this deadly outbreak.   However, the simple fact is that you’re probably not washing your hands correctly. Why Hand Washing Matters Review of the research carried out into the previous MERS and SARS outbreaks, viruses which have some similarities to the current COVID-19 epidemic, have..

Do Face Masks Actually Work?

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As the number of cases of coronavirus in the US has jumped to 88 and the total number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States jumped by two dozen over the weekend, there has been a scramble to obtain apparently virus-blocking face masks.   However, epidemiologists and infectious disease experts have called the usefulness of these masks into questions, so, in this article, we’ll be looking at how effective face masks are and how those working in patient face roles in the US healthcare sector can protect themselves from this new viral outbreak. So, Do Face Masks Actually Work?..

What is the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Exam?

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The American medical system is facing a shortage of medical administrative assistants brought on by the increased healthcare needs of an aging population.   By the year 2030, it is estimated that the population of people over the age of 65 will outnumber the population of people under the age of 18.   This need for medical administrative assistants makes now a great time to consider a career in that field, but, with more and more medical administrative assistants coming on to the job market, it can make it harder for you to stand out.    That’s where becoming a..

The Difference Between a Coroner and a Forensic Pathologist

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One of the areas of medicine that many people do not consider when planning their career is the care for the deceased. Most of us roughly understand what a morgue is and that someone is present to look after the dead and potentially perform an autopsy, but, due mainly to crime dramas portraying them homogenously, many could not tell you the difference between a Coroner and a Forensic Pathologist. In this article, we will be shedding light on an area of medicine that is vital to the care of the approximately 7,452 people who die every day in the United..

6 Health Documentaries You Can Watch on the Go

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Physical health is clearly something that is very important to all of us and that is reflected in the rise of documentaries breaking down the very technical and complex world of modern healthcare into something we can all understand and absorb.   In this article, we’ll be highlighting six health documentaries that you can watch on the go and which cover new facets of healthcare or make complex medical subjects more digestible. Ask the Doctor Cut down into 30 minutes episodes, Ask the Doctor sees three highly qualified medical professionals tackle their viewers’ biggest healthcare questions. The episodes cover topics..

Google Creates First Clinical Digital Voice Assistant

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With the ubiquity of voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Home in people’s homes or Bixby and Siri on their phone, it was only a matter of time before the technology branched out into other, less frivolous, areas. Google has recently announced that they added Suki, an AI-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant that lifts the administrative burden from doctors, as one of Google Cloud Global Healthcare Solutions’ first clinical digital voice assistant partners. What Does Suki Do? Suki uses AI to complete administrative tasks to doctor's preferences and, based on context, can tell the difference between similar terms, like "peroneal"..

Why Study to Be a Medical Administrative Assistant at Northwest Career College?

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Medical assistants are fast becoming the core of the US healthcare sector and there are more and more job opportunities opening up to working in this amazing and ever-changing field. Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   Here at Northwest Career College, we are passionate about giving our medical assistant students with the best possible opportunities, like externships with local healthcare providers and both academic and hands-on training.   If you are considering training as a medical assistant, here..