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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..

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Medical Administrative Assistant

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Medical administrative assistants perform administrative tasks and basic medical duties, from bookkeeping to recording patients’ vital signs on their electronic healthcare records. Working closely alongside other medical professionals medical administrative assistants work in a wide variety of specialized clinics and offices and are vital to the smooth and continued operation of many healthcare providers.    So, whether you are planning on joining us here at Northwest’s medical administrative assistant school, or you’ve recently started one of our programs, here are five reasons to consider a career as a medical administrative assistant. High Demand and Job Security Medical administrative assistants are..

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

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Working from home as a freelance contractor is a rapid growth market in the US as more and more people are drawn to the freedom of working for themselves. One of the jobs that have recently made the transition to this new digital working environment is that of the administrative assistant.   The transition makes sense, as most of a modern administrative assistant’s work is done digitally using email, phone and bespoke software that can be installed on any computer. So, if you are looking to turn your administrative qualifications into a career you can carry on from the comfort..

Why Now Is the Best Time to Train as a Medical Administrative Assistant

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If you’re looking to break into the healthcare field without years of schooling, become a medical administrative assistant, also referred to as medical secretary. The need for qualified workers in healthcare is rising, and the medical administrative assistant field is no different.   When you consider the good salary, low level of education needed to enter the career, great opportunities for advancement, and stellar flexibility, it’s easy to see why U.S. News and World Report has placed medical secretary on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree”. It also ranked #7 in the “Best Health..

Communication Strategies for Medical Administrative Assistants

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Communication is a vital part of the medical administrative assistants position. As the administrative heart of a medical practice you will be expected to communicate effectively between staff, patients, departments and third parties, making a effective communication strategy a vital part of your position. To help you get to the top of your communication game, we’ve put together some of the top communication strategies for medical administrative assistants.   1. Ask the right questions - Asking questions is always a good thing for a medical administrative assistant to do, but asking the right questions in a foundational part of an effective..