Coverys Signs Exclusive Agreement with VisualDx to Help Reduce Medical Diagnostic Errors


Coverys, a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance and related services, announced that it has secured an agreement with VisualDx, a leading developer of diagnostic clinical decision support technology, to exclusively offer its comprehensive digital diagnostic support system to help physicians improve diagnostic accuracy.

The VisualDx system enables rapid search of diagnostic possibilities at the point of care and is built upon the world’s largest metadata-enabled visual library of medical diagnoses with more than 100,000 curated images representing all areas of medicine. This system allows physicians and frontline healthcare professionals to enter specific data about a patient’s condition, then quickly build a unique, visual-centric differential diagnosis. Users then work through the comparative images and diagnostic information to arrive at the best diagnosis; then educate and engage the patient in the selection of treatment options.

“Patient misdiagnosis is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims and negatively impacts patients and policyholders, resulting in skyrocketing medical costs,” said Geri Amori, PhD, vice president for academic affairs for Coverys. “We are pleased to offer an integrated program designed to aid physicians in accurate patient diagnoses with the goal of reducing misdiagnosis in medical practice today.”

“Coverys is leading the way by encouraging the use of diagnostic decision software for policyholders, all in the interest of patient safety and improved healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Art Papier, chief executive officer, VisualDx. “Our point-of-care information technology combined with Coverys’ proactive approach to clinical risk management and education can ultimately lead to enhanced patient care and a reduction in the rate of diagnostic error. We are very pleased to work with Coverys to help improve medical decisions and patient outcomes.”

As part of the agreement, Coverys will provide the VisualDx digital diagnostic support technology to point-of-care hospitals and medical practices and provide continuing medical education (CME) credit to medical personnel, as well as insurance premium discounts for Coverys policyholders that use the VisualDx technology.

The agreement between Coverys and VisualDx was effective June 30, 2015.

ABOUT COVERYS

Coverys is an innovative medical professional liability insurance provider dedicated to helping its policyholders and clients anticipate, identify and manage risk to reduce errors, eliminate inefficiency and improve outcomes. As one of the largest medical professional liability insurance providers in the country, Coverys is responsible for insuring over 32,000 physicians, dentists, and allied healthcare providers, as well as more than 500 hospitals, health centers and clinics from coast to coast. Coverys has consistently been included in the Ward’s 50 for the past six years. In addition to its insurance products and service delivery to the healthcare industry, it also has established the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation to support endeavors that focus on the improvement of patient safety as well as healthcare programs to reduce childhood obesity. For more information, visit Coverys at http://www.coverys.com.

ABOUT VisualDx

Headquartered in Rochester, New York, VisualDx’s team of physicians, educators, artists, and computer scientists have developed a web-based clinical decision support system to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety. It has become the tool of choice for front-line health workers who are looking for a curated, hard-wired approach encompassing both knowledge and images to provide accurate diagnosis in a timely manner. For more information, visit http://www.visualdx.com.

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North Valley Hospital Uses Summit Express Connect to Integrate 45 Interfaces During EHR Migration



When North Valley Hospital was planning for its migration from MEDITECH to McKesson Paragon, they needed a way to easily connect system interfaces to the new EHR platform. To ensure a smooth transition, North Valley turned to Summit Express Connect.

“The features and ease of use that Summit Express Connect offers set it apart,” said Mike Barnes, Chief Information Officer, North Valley Hospital. “Our strong relationship with Summit Healthcare was another differentiator.”

North Valley had individual application interfaces, migrating between EHR platforms which would have required programming, testing and troubleshooting for each integration point. This would have not only taken up time for IT/IS staff, but likely involved service fees from vendors.

Summit Express Connect simplified the conversion process, as all interfaces are managed by one, centralized solution. Once the Summit Healthcare team had made a few configuration changes, a myriad of interfaces started sending data into and from the new McKesson Paragon system via 45 delivery locations.

“It was very easy to make changes to our interfaces during the migration because there’s only one place to look, instead of 45 places,” Barnes said. “The conversion went off without a hitch because the Summit solution is so intuitive and the staff supporting it are so helpful.”

The benefits provided by the Summit system extend beyond the EHR migration project. Typically, every time a hospital needs to integrate a new application with its EHR suite, they need to purchase a new interface and then start from scratch with the data. In contrast, Summit Express Connect enables hospitals like North Valley to re-use data and to easily set up a new interface without purchasing additional licenses.

“Summit’s technology has saved us tens of thousands of dollars compared to a point to point approach,” Barnes said. “It also takes the burden off our team because they can copy data between interfaces instead of starting again each time we want to add a new integration point. As there’s just one central system, it’s easy to test new interfaces, too.”

When choosing new healthcare technology, CIOs certainly need to find feature-rich products, but the vendor they select to partner with is just as important, according to Barnes.

“Summit Healthcare is at the top of our list of vendors,” he said. “They always provide good value and fix issues quickly, even if those are issues of our own making. They’ve always been there for us and a result, I put them above our other vendor partners.”

About Summit Healthcare

Summit Healthcare is the choice of hospitals and providers who want to take full control of their healthcare systems integration and information management requirements. Since 1999, we have worked to provide the industry with the most flexible integration technology with complementary tailored services and solutions. Visit us at http://www.summit-healthcare.com.

About North Valley Hospital

North Valley Hospital is a private 501©(3), non-profit community Critical Access hospital governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors from the North Valley area. North Valley Hospital is the first hospital in Montana to be affiliated with Planetree. Planetree is a non-profit organization that provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient centered care in healing environments. North Valley Hospital receives no tax support for its services. It recently announced that it will expand their Birth Center with funding the Building For Generations Capital Campaign.







XBOSOFT CEO Philip Lew to Speak on Pairwise Testing at AQAA in Atlanta


XBOSoft CEO, Philip Lew, will speak on pairwise testing at the Atlanta Quality Assurance Association (AQAA) Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on August 11, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm. The event will take place at the Northpark Town Center.

Many software defects only occur when a combination of inputs or events interact with each other. How do you choose which input combinations to test? Pairwise testing, or all-pairs testing, is a combinatorial software testing technique used for reducing the number of test cases without drastically compromising functional coverage, helping to get more “bang for the buck.” Lew will explain the nuts and bolts of pairwise testing and discuss how to incorporate the testing method into test design and planning. The session will provide helpful tools to determine when and when not to use pairwise testing, and explore some of the advantages and limitations of the testing technique.

AQAA is a not-for-profit organization which is organized to share state-of-the-art Quality Assurance methods, tools and techniques among its members. The membership is comprised of professionals working primarily in the information systems industry.

Additional information about AQAA and event can be found at: http://www.aqaa.org/

To RSVP for the event go to: http://lanyrd.com/2015/aqaa-august2015/

About Philip Lew

After working in various management and technical positions in software development and product management, Philip Lew leads XBOSoft’s direction and strategy as CEO. A speaker at numerous trade and academic conferences, Phil has worked with hundreds of organizations to assess the quality of their software, examine software quality processes, and set forth measurement plans to improve software quality using systematic methods. His Ph.D. research in software quality and usability resulted in several IEEE and ACM journal publications and various trade journals.

About XBOSoft

XBOSoft is a software testing and QA company. Our quality process assessments and test methodologies speed products to market and improve our clients’ software quality and performance throughout the lifecycle. With QA services in web, mobile and desktop applications, we offer broad domain experience with extended expertise in healthcare and finance.

Founded in 2006, XBOSoft today has over 100 employees serving both the US and European markets, with offices based in San Francisco, Beijing and Amsterdam.

For more information, visit http://xbosoft.com/







NewYork-Presbyterian Launches Physician Enterprise to Advance Care in the New York Metro Area

NewYork-Presbyterian has launched a new physician enterprise with the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups (NYPMG) to increase access to primary care, NewYork-Presbyterian’s leading healthcare services and world-renowned specialists. In collaboration with ColumbiaDoctors and Weill Cornell Physicians, the new physician enterprise will offer coordinated care delivery throughout the region with an initial focus on Westchester, Queens and Brooklyn.

“The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups are engaged in a major initiative to bring NewYork-Presbyterian’s distinguished and celebrated patient-centered care directly to communities,” said Dr. Laura L. Forese, president, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, “NYPMG will be clinically integrated through state-of-the-art technology with ColumbiaDoctors and Weill Cornell Physicians to facilitate patient access to world-class care.”

Patients will experience enhanced service through the use of advanced technology that will enable same-day appointments at physician practices and access to medical records online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups are designed to suit the needs of our patients, physicians and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Michael Nochomovitz, senior vice president and chief clinical integration and network development officer of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. “We are creating a national model for healthcare delivery in the most unique healthcare market in the nation.”

The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups will initially include providers in Lawrence Medical Associates, Westchester Medical Practice and New York Queens Medicine and Surgery which will be renamed NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group/Westchester, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group/Hudson Valley and NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group/Queens, respectively.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive hospitals and a leading provider of inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine. With some 2,600 beds and more than 6,700 affiliated physicians and almost 22,000 employees, NewYork-Presbyterian had more than 2 million visits in 2014, including some 14,000 infant deliveries and more than 262,000 emergency department visits. NewYork-Presbyterian comprises six campuses: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation. Affiliated with two world-renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. For more information, visit http://www.nyp.org.







Brand Conversion Checklist for Healthcare Industry Now Available from Implementix



Implementix, a nationwide rebranding company, now offers a Healthcare Industry Brand Conversion Checklist for healthcare organizations, hospital systems and senior living companies going through mergers, acquisitions, brand launches and rebranding efforts.

Most of Implementix’s healthcare clients have been through at least one M&A transaction. The rebranding process is complex given the complicated brand architecture and number of branded assets involved. The Brand Conversion Checklist includes items specific to the industry, including ambulances and shuttle vans, exterior and interior building signage, way-finding signs for parking areas and entrances, staff uniforms, patient materials, websites and promotional items.

“As potential patients and families take a more proactive approach to evaluating healthcare options, branding differentiates the organization and educates the general public. Given the level of M&A activity in the healthcare industry, we know healthcare systems, hospitals, and senior living companies scramble to rebrand and avoid looking disorganized. That’s why we created a brand conversion checklist specifically for the healthcare industry,” said Scott McLean, CEO of Implementix.

In addition to the new Brand Conversion Checklist, Implementix has other resources for healthcare companies on its website, including blog posts, a video and a case study. Implementix also provides industry-specific rebranding resources for companies in banking and finance, telecommunications, energy and utilities, hospitality, and food and beverage.

To download the Healthcare Industry Brand Conversion Checklist or learn more about Implementix’s expertise in the healthcare industry, visit the Implementix website or contact the company at 1.888.831.2536.

About Implementix

Implementix is a nationwide rebranding company that streamlines complex brand implementation projects to help corporations complete brand rollouts on time and on budget. Whether launching a new brand or rebranding after a merger or acquisition, Implementix provides project management services, ensuring the new brand identity looks professional in the marketplace. The Denver-based company works with national, regional and local companies in industries such as hospitality, telecommunications and cable/satellite, healthcare, financial services, food and beverage, and energy. To learn more about Implementix, visit http://www.implement-ix.com.







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Omega Pharma selects Exceedra for Integrated Business Planning project

Leading Integrated Business Planning solution provider Exceedra has announced that Omega Pharma UK Ltd, a top 5 consumer healthcare company and the fastest growing in UK and Ireland, has selected Exceedra to improve business performance in both volume and commercial finance planning and insight.

The project will focus on improving Trade Promotions Return on Investment as well as providing improved Sales and Operations Planning capability. The project started in May and will go-live later this year.    

Omega Pharma UK Ltd is part of the Belgium-based Omega Pharma group, which operates in 35 countries and owns over 2,000 Over the Counter (OTC) brands including Solpadeine, Nytol, TCP, Jungle Formula and Prevalin. It aims to become a global top 10 player in the Over-The-Counter market through the development of innovative prescription-free health and personal care products.

“Like most Consumer Goods Companies, Trade Spend Management is one of the key issues in today’s market, but as anyone who works in our industry will know, looking at this spend in isolation often leads to sub-optimal profit realisation. We needed a solution that not only managed Trade Spend, but also enabled a step change in how we integrate our whole Business Planning process. We selected Exceedra as they have a highly capable and easy-to-use solution that will significantly improve how we plan the business today. Additionally, Exceedra will enable significant financial returns for the UK with the potential to roll out scale benefits into other markets,” said Sue Austin, European S&OP Director for Omega Pharma.

Richard Nicholas, Sales Director of Exceedra, commented, “We’re delighted that Omega Pharma has chosen Exceedra to be its Integrated Business Planning partner. We continue to prove to both our customers and the market that we have the leading solutions, market understanding, and delivery capability to solve the key issues faced by consumer goods companies.”


Sarcoma Foundation of America Joins with CURE Media Group in Advocacy Spotlight Partnership Program

CURE Media Group and the Sarcoma Foundation of America have teamed up to battle soft tissue cancer through CURE Media Group’s Advocacy Spotlight Partnership program. CURE Media Group, whose flagship product CURE® magazine is the largest cancer-focused consumer publication in the country, and the Foundation today announced their alliance to fight this rare cancer that primarily affects young people.

“During Sarcoma Awareness Month, we are especially proud to announce this alliance with the Sarcoma Foundation of America which will enable us to more effectively share information about sarcoma, cancer that arises from cells that hold the body together,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president of Intellisphere Oncology and Healthcare Specialty Group, part of the Plainsboro, N.J.-based Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc. (MJH) family of businesses. “CURE’s editorial and marketing teams will work with the Sarcoma Foundation to highlight basic information about sarcomas, as well as research breakthroughs and treatment options.”

“Sarcoma is a cancer of connective tissues, such as nerves, muscles, joints, fat, bones and blood vessels, and it can arise anywhere in the body,” said Bert E. Thomas IV, Ph.D., CEO of the Sarcoma Foundation, which is based in Damascus, Md. “The disease is rare, and in fact many sarcoma patients have never heard of anyone else with their cancer. They – and their healthcare providers – may not know all of the treatment options, or that nonprofits can help.

“That’s why our partnership with CURE Media Group is so important,” Thomas continued, pointing out that sarcoma is often misdiagnosed and underreported. “Together, we can help educate people about sarcomas, which can arise anywhere, with the most frequent locations being the limbs, where the majority of the body’s connective tissue resides. Sarcomas are commonly hidden deep in the body, so the disease is often diagnosed at a later stage with a larger tumor, complicating treatment and compromising outcomes. Although a lot of the lumps and bumps we get are benign, people should have them looked at by a doctor at an early stage in case they are sarcoma.”

While sarcoma is sometimes curable by surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, about half the time sarcomas are totally resistant to all these approaches – hence the extreme need for new therapeutic approaches, Thomas noted. At any one time, about 50,000 patients and their families are struggling with sarcoma. Each year, approximately 15,000 new cases are diagnosed and nearly 6,000 people die from the disease.

“CURE Media Group, through its unique and award-winning digital and print products, will work with the Sarcoma Foundation to share information about these rare diseases and publicize the Foundation’s efforts to raise funds and promote research,” Hennessy said.

About CURE magazine and CURE Media Group

CURE Media Group’s flagship product, CURE magazine, is the indispensable guide to every stage of the cancer experience. With nearly 1 million readers, CURE is the largest consumer publication in the United States focused entirely on cancer, with broad distribution to cancer patients, cancer centers and advocacy groups. Through the magazine, live meetings, a resource guide for the newly diagnosed, the Extraordinary Healer™ national nursing award, and other books and online tools, CURE Media Group combines science and humanity to make cancer understandable. CURE Media Group is part of the Plainsboro, N.J.-based Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc. (MJH) family of businesses, which includes the acclaimed OncLive (http://www.onclive.com) platform of resources for the practicing oncologist. For more information, visit http://www.curetoday.com or http://www.mjhassoc.com.

About the Sarcoma Foundation of America

The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, is an advocate for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients with sarcoma. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients. For more information, please visit http://www.curesarcoma.org.

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Media Contacts

For Sarcoma Foundation of America: Lori Hoffman, 301-253-8687, lhoffman(at)curesarcoma(dot)org

For CURE: Becky Taylor, 609-240-6886, becky(at)btaylorpa(dot)com


Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth prepares to Launch First Ambulance Telemedicine Solution in Georgia


Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT), a charitable nonprofit promoting the establishment of telemedicine programs in communities throughout Georgia, announces the launch of the first ambulance telemedicine program in the state, which will benefit residents living in the rural communities of Hancock County, GA. The new program will not only provide more immediate patient care, but will also reduce overall emergency transportation costs for the county and its taxpayers, while allowing EMTs to focus on actual emergency situations.

The ambulance clinic will focus on diagnosing acute issues such as sore throats and flu, leading to fewer visits to regional hospital emergency rooms. EMTs will present patients through a mobile telemedicine “bag” located in the ambulance to physicians at Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton, GA. The program is a collaborative effort with Mercer University, Hancock County, Georgia Office of Rural Health, Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth and Excelsior Ambulance Services.

The solution is made possible by utilizing ambulance-mounted cameras and a cellular device that enables ambulance-specific WiFi. GPT is currently in the process of providing county EMTs and physicians at Putnam General Hospital with extensive telemedicine training as part of the program launch. The technology will also equip EMTs with physician telemedicine support during ambulance transport.

“This is a 4-phase program. Phase one allows patients to continue to call 911 for services,” explains Sherrie Williams, Executive Director of Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth. “In a study, it was found that 68% of EMT transports in Hancock County are non-emergency. These are the patients being targeted by this program. As the program moves forward, each phase will introduce new ways for residents to seek care outside of calling 911. We are trying to provide the right kind of care, at the right place, at the right time. GPT looks forward to expanding this type of telemedicine program into more counties in the future to increase the level of quality healthcare available in Georgia’s rural communities.”

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About Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is a charitable nonprofit corporation, which was formed to promote improvements in healthcare and healthcare facilities in communities by assisting in the establishment of telemedicine programs. GPT is known as the leading agency globally focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology. GPT is one of the entities that belong to the Global Partnership for TeleHealth.

The mission of the Global Partnership for TeleHealth is to deliver worldwide access to healthcare. Our unparalleled success in the United States in applying telehealth programs and services has assisted agencies in providing cost effective, efficient, and high quality healthcare. For more information visit the GPT website at http://www.gatelehealth.org.







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New CEO to Lead the Alzheimer Society Against the Dementia Challenge



Dementia is becoming a critical issue as Ontario’s population ages. In less than five years, 250,000 Ontarians will be living with this disease. It is at this crucial moment that the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Dennis as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 1st 2015, to lead the organization in the fight against dementia.

“I was thrilled when the Board supported my candidacy,” said Chris Dennis. “It is an honour to have a leadership role in such an important organization to help it change and grow for the ultimate benefit of people with dementia. The challenge is growing in scope every day. After only a few months on the job, one thing I have learned is that the anticipated tidal wave of incidence is no longer anticipated: it has hit! Many of our social workers and day programs have waiting lists.”

Chris has a long, multifaceted career in the health-care sector that started in 1982 with Bristol-Myers and continued for the next 30 years with operational leadership assignments including strategy development, organizational design, team building, financial management, sales acceleration and process excellence. Chris has worked primarily for Johnson & Johnson health-care companies and Birch Hill Private Equity-owned organizations and has also guided two private companies through the sale process. In addition, Chris has served on multiple boards as General Director, Compensation Committee lead and Audit Committee member.

He has already shown his enthusiasm for the job by raising $ 13,000 for Alzheimer research with a marathon run.

With Chris now at the helm of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, there’s a great deal that can be accomplished in the years to come that will better support people living with dementia, their family and friends and help towards the ultimate goal: a cure.

About the Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Founded in 1983, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario (ASO) is the province’s leading care and research charity committed to helping people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by:

1. Providing care, support, information and education for people living with dementia and their families and caregivers

2. Funding research to find a cure

3. Educating decision-makers about the need for improved health-care services and qualified health-care workers to support people with dementia

4. Increasing awareness about dementia and how the disease impacts families and communities

With a network of 30 local Societies across Ontario, we offer Help for Today through our programs and services for people living with dementia and Hope for Tomorrow… ® by funding research to find the cause and cure.

Website: http://www.alzheimerontario.ca

Media contact

Kathryn Richardson

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Alzheimer Society of Ontario

416-847-8921







Local Physicians Warn of Holiday Health Hazards

As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July outdoors this weekend, local physicians are warning that just like the hot temps, skin cancer is on the rise. July is UV Safety Month, and physicians at American Family Care and AFC Doctors Express urgent care centers are raising awareness about the importance of getting skin checks. Experts say most skin cancers can be found early with regular skin exams. Physicians can give these exams at urgent care facilities — no specialists or long waits necessary.

There are more cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. In fact, of the seven most common cancers, melanoma is the only type of cancer that is on the rise.

“Summer holidays are a good time to take it easy, but you can never take a vacation from proper health precautions and sun safety,” says Dr. Glenn Harnett, Chief Medical Officer of AFC. “Injuries and illness don’t only happen Monday through Friday from 9 – 5. People often don’t have many options for medical care over the Fourth of July holiday. With no appointments necessary and extended evening and holiday hours, AFC urgent care clinics are the solution.”

Here are some sun safety tips from AFC physicians:


Know when to seek shade or lather up – UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade or apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. For lasting protection, be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on cloudy days.
Choose sunscreen wisely – be sure the sunscreen is labeled “broad spectrum,” which provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. And use a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF.
Use extra caution at higher altitudes – UV exposure can be stronger at higher altitudes because there is less atmosphere to absorb the UV radiation.
Avoid the burn – sunburns significantly increase the lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
Wear proper clothing – long sleeved shirts, pants, hats and UV resistant sunglasses all provide sun protection, even on cloudy days when UV rays can still be strong.

Doctors at local AFC urgent care centers often see a surge in patients seeking treatment for injuries and illnesses over the July Fourth holiday – the most dangerous American holiday weekend of the year. Twenty-five million pounds of fireworks are sold each year to celebrate America’s birthday, but with those bright celebrations come hidden dangers.

Hidden Health Hazards on the Fourth of July:

Fireworks injuries – in the month around the July Fourth holiday, 65 percent of people on average seek medical treatment every day with fireworks-related injuries.
Sparklers and rockets accounted for more than 40 percent of all fireworks injuries.
The most common fireworks injuries were to hands and fingers — 36 percent — but 22 percent of injuries were to heads, faces and ears. Sixteen percent were eye injuries (source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Heat Stroke – the most serious heat-related illness. Body temps can rise to 106 degrees in 10 to 15 minutes, and sweating just isn’t enough to cool down. Without immediate treatment, heat stroke can cause permanent disability or be fatal.
Drowning –
Dry drowning – Water is inhaled while swimming, creating irritation in the airway. The irritation can cause muscle spasms, leading to impaired breathing.
Secondary drowning – Water is inhaled while swimming and doesn’t clear the lungs. The irritation caused by the water can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs, known as pulmonary edema. The drowning actually occurs from the lung fluid, not the water.

About American Family Care:

Starting with a single location in Hoover, Alabama in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. Today, with more than 140 clinics and 500 in-network physicians caring for more than 2 million patients a year, AFC is the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and family care. The company’s stated mission is to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient. For more information, visit http://www.americanfamilycare.com.

About AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care:

Founded by an emergency room physician seeking a more efficient, affordable and personable system for urgent care patients, AFC Doctors Express walk-in medical centers are the nation’s largest urgent care franchise. AFC Doctors Express provides state-of-the-art treatment for acute illness, trauma (including minor surgical procedures) and has on-site laboratory and digital x-ray service as well as medication dispensing. In 2013, American Family Care acquired Doctors Express, further expanding its reach and available services. For more information visit http://www.doctorsexpress.com.







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