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Google Creates First Clinical Digital Voice Assistant

Medical Assistant to his colleague during meeting

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 assisting 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

Medical Administrative Assistant

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 has 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

Medical Administrative Assistant at work

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

A female Medical Administrative Assistant Communicating with another woman.

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..


The Benefits Of Studying Medical Administrative Assisting Online

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Here at Northwest Career College, we recognize that not everyone has time in their busy Las Vegas schedule to accommodate full time, on-campus study. We also firmly believe that your commitments to your family, personal and professional life shouldn’t prevent you from accessing the qualification that you deserve, which is why we offer a range of study modes, including part-time and online.   For some people, especially those returning to education, online study can seem daunting. However, for millions of Americans, studying online has been the ideal way to work towards the qualification they want while still committing time and..


Why Train As A Medical Administrative Assistant?

A medical administrative smiling ear-to-ear as she writes something on her clipboard.

A career as a medical administrative assistant offers a range of fantastic benefits, from a great earning potential to high job satisfaction. As an administrator you will be a key part of any healthcare practice, ensuring that everything runs like clockwork and that your colleagues have the resources in place to deliver the best healthcare possible. So if you are thinking about retraining, or what your first career choice should be, here are the top reasons to become a medical administrative assistant.   1. It’s a role that’s in demand - The ageing population in the U.S. has prompted a..


What To Look For In A Healthcare Employer?

A female healthcare person with stethoscope around her neck and clipboard in her hand.

Part of finding the perfect healthcare job is ensuring you have the skills and qualifications that make you stand out from the crowd. Just as important as that is doing your research on potential employers and to make sure they match the values you look for in a healthcare provider. Courses like the one offered by the Medical Administrative Assistant School here at Northwest Career College will give you the skills you need, but you’ll need to do a little research of your own to find you perfect employer. What to Look For The size of the organization - The..


Using Healthcare Data Analytics To Improve Patient Outcomes

Healthcare Data Analytics

Modern healthcare providers are increasingly moving towards using digitized patient records as a method of healthcare analysis. Hard copy patient data is difficult to store, retrieve and organize. By comparison, electronic health records (EHRs) not only solve these problems, but are far easier to share between healthcare providers and represent a source of digital information that can be used in improving patient outcomes. What Is Healthcare Data Analytics? Healthcare data analytics is defined as the responsible analysis and use of electronic health data that is captured in computer systems, such as EHRs. Simply put, a patient's data is mined for..