Unlike Medical Billing Classes Online, This Technology is Bad Medicine

Image courtesy of Heathtap.com

Image courtesy of Heathtap.com a company helping users make more informed medical decisions online.

We do a lot of praising of technology at the Allen School Blog for the amazingly positive role it plays in delivering convenient access to medical billing classes online.  We also love to cover stories about groundbreaking technological breakthroughs within the medical field and the excellent consequences of applying hi tech to medicine.  But it ain’t, as they say, “all peaches and cream”.  What about the times when technology becomes an impediment to medicine?

Take for example the downside of self-diagnostic websites such as WebMD.com, medicinenet.com, onhealth.com and others that allow users to enter in whatever symptoms they may be experiencing and then provide potential diagnoses.  While these sites are useful to a certain degree, everyone at one point or another has let their imagination run away with them while visiting them.  You know the feeling: You visit WebMD to see what may be causing those sore gums and leave convinced that you are in imminent danger of experiencing heart failure!  It is amazing how far towards the extremes the human imagination can run with a sliver of sound information.

But true to form, we’re going to conclude this post with yet another positive development brought to us by the application of technology to medicine.  Meet Ron Gutman, a man who wanted to provide an online resource to help lay users avoid the panic that comes from dire misdiagnosis at sites like WebMD.  His company, HealthTap provides an online diagnostic service by subscription, delivering unlimited access to actual MDs via a web app for $99/month.  This innovative solution is the leading edge of an emerging marketplace for “telehealth” technologies and this is something that any medical industry entrant should be aware of.  It is the wave of the future!

Medical Assistant Training Doesn’t Cover Dealing with Annoying Co-Workers

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How to Deal with Unpleasant Co-Workers Like this Guy

First off, let me make clear, horrible co-workers can be found in every career field, not just in the medical office field.  However, if you’re just wrapping up your medical assistant training and getting ready to wade into the workforce, you should be prepared with the following information with regard to the types and varieties of bad co-workers you’ll no doubt encounter on your path. And since I bet they don’t teach this stuff in medical assistant classes, I, your humble blogmaster, am here to fill in this important gap in your preparation for a new career.  You can thank me later.

The folks at job board, Monster.com have been kind enough to chronicle the 25 species of co-workers you may encounter and, more importantly, how to keep their buffonery from impacting on your hard-work and dedication to the job.  There are alot of numbskulls you’ll run into in the workplace – the slacker, the gossip, the suck-up, the complainer, the chatterbox, the schmoozer, the smiling backstabber, the thief, the control freak and many othersRead the article from Monster here to learn how to counteract the effects of each of these dolts.

Also, let me make clear that for every joker you may encounter on the job as a medical assistant, you’re likely to meet 20 really awesome co-workers.  This is especially true in the medical field which by nature, is full of people who truly wish to make a difference and provide comfort to the afflicted.  It’s just fun on a Monday morning to vent a bit about some of our least favorite co-workers.  Enjoy!

Online Medical Billing School Newsbomb: Six Months Left for Windows 7!

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Sunset date for Windows 7

Here’s the story for anyone who uses computers for school; especially those enrolled in online medical billing school. As was covered in this blog extensively, Microsoft recently ceased support for its Windows XP operating system.  Now it has been reported that they are planning to kill again.  Microsoft announced it will be ceasing support for Windows 7 in January of 2015.  If your computer runs Windows 7, you might begin to make plans to either upgrade to Windows 8 (or, the soon-to-be released Windows 9 which is what Microsoft REALLY wants). Or, if your machine is getting old, purchase a new one with the latest operating system pre-installed.

Look, your computer is important to do the work involved in medical assistant training classes and nursing assistant training on campus.  If you’ve opted for online medical billing school, your computer is your classroom, your lecture hall, you whole campus really, and we take serious the duty of keeping you informed of all the tips, tricks, and news information that we can to help you keep your computers in good shape.

Should you be worried about this change coming in six months?  If history is any guide, it is possible that nothing will happen in January.  Microsoft announced its plan to discontinue XP support many years ago and kept extended the support period – over and over – due to popular demand.  Chances are we’ll see at least one extension!  But don’t forget you heard it here, because sooner or later, Windows 7 will be “sun setted”.

 

Healthcare Training School Ain’t for Endangered Species

healthcare training schools don't turn out endangered species

Healthcare training schools don’t turn out endangered species!

So, what do mail carriers, farmers, meter readers, newspaper reporters, travel agents, lumberjacks, flight attendants, drill press operators, printing workers and tax collectors have in common?  They’re all endangered species.  Yes, that’s right.  These ten jobs top the list of the most endangered occupations by Forbes magazine.  Notice that many of these jobs have a commonality – paper.  Yep, the mailman, the lumberjack, newspaperman, printer and others all serve industries where paper – and the decreasing use of which – is being phased out.  You know who’s not on the list?  Jobs that you can enter after completing healthcare training school.  Not least of which is online medical billing and coding which is done electronically, thereby decreasing even more the need for paper!  Below is the list from Forbes.  You should be commended for deciding on healthcare training school to pursue a career in a field that is most definitely NOT  endangered.

1. MAIL CARRIER
Median Salary: $53,100
Hiring Outlook: -28%

2. FARMER
Median Salary: $69,300
Hiring Outlook: -19%

3. METER READER
Median Salary: $36,410
Hiring Outlook: -19%

4. NEWSPAPER REPORTER
Median Salary: $37,090
Hiring Outlook: -13%

5. TRAVEL AGENT
Median Salary: $34,600
Hiring Outlook: -12%

6. LUMBERJACK
Median Salary: $24,340
Hiring Outlook: -9%

7. FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Median Salary: $37,240
Hiring Outlook: -7%

8. DRILL-PRESS OPERATOR
Median Salary: $32,950
Hiring Outlook: -6%

9. PRINTING WORKER
Median Salary: $34,100
Hiring Outlook: -5%

10. TAX EXAMINER AND COLLECTOR
Median Salary: $50,440
Hiring Outlook: -4%

Killer Android Voice Recorder Good for Medical Assistant Training

voice-recordingLectures and classroom discussions are often chock full of dense, idea-rich content.  Especially in healthcare training schools where medical assistant training and other detailed classes are held.  If you’re like me, you cannot possibly take comprehensive notes quickly enough.  Or if you do, you’ve focused so much mental energy on transcribing, that you’re not actually listening to the point being made by the instructor.  Then the exercise becomes reading your notes at a later time and trying to piece together the broader points being made in the class.

Here’s the solution!  The Cogi voice recording app for Android phones – as reviewed by the keen minds at Lifehacker.com – provides the most amazing functionality you’ll find in voice recorders today.  You can use it record the lecture, or if you’re studying medical coding online with Allen School, you can use it to record conference calls, Skype sessions, you name it!

I have been using a similar product for years to record business calls, lectures and other public speaking events.  I recently upgraded to the Cogi app (disclosure: I am NOT being paid by nor have I any relation to the producers of Cogi) and couldn’t be more pleased not only with the sound quality of the recording but also with the convenient controls it offers.  Have a look at the Lifehacker review then do yourself a favor and download it.  Best of all, its FREE!

Unless You’re Taking Medical Billing Classes Online, You’d Benefit from This

If you’re studying medical billing classes online with the Allen School, you’re fortunate in that it is much easier for you to avoid the inclement weather.  Be it heavy summer thunderstorm downpours or freezing winter winds and snow, the online student can watch the forecast on TeeVee in the morning and simply opt to stay inside all day while studying.

If you’re taking any of the healthcare training classes offered at Allen School ground campuses in the New York Metro area, you’re not as lucky.  The chances you’ll be caught in iffy weather are far higher.  But fret not!  There are numerous weather forecasting apps you can download into your mobile device whether it be an iPhone or an Android phone.  The video below looks at the best apps for both platforms – free and paid.  Enjoy, and stay cool and dry!

Healthcare Training School Students, Eat a Solid Breakfast

breakfast2It has often been referred to as “the most important meal of the day”.  Breakfast, or the meal wherein you break the overnight fast you undertake every night while you sleep, is a crucial meal.  Especially for students.  All studies show that having a solid, well balanced meal in the morning provides you with the energy and mental acuity you need to be your best; whether you’re going to work or to school.

Whether you’re taking advantage of healthcare training school by studying online or on the physical campus, you’ll need a solid start to your day so that you can get the most out of your study time.  However, it isn’t always convenient to make breakfast.  Grabbing some fast food item is probably a worse option than having  no breaky at all.  So I thought students here might be interested in the following information.

Now, I am not a healthcare training school, and neither am I a foodservice training school.  But I did read this neat post on Buzzfeed about 25 easy breakfasts to make – jump-starting your day.  Read the nifty list here and although you may not have some of the ingredients just laying around in your kitchen, I am confident there is at least one or two of these recipes that you could make right now with the items in your fridge and cabinets.

Medical Billing Classes Online? Or Medical Assisting Training on Campus?

subwayHere’s one criteria you may use to determine whether you’re more suited to studying medical billing classes online with the Allen School, or taking medical assisting training on one of their NYC area campuses.   Two words for you:  Subway & Acrobats!

If you live in the NY Metro area and you ride the subway, you’re no doubt acquainted with the amateur acrobats who sometimes come through the cars making impromptu performances of physical prowess, using the handrails and poles as gymnastic equipment.  Recently, NYPD has begun enforcing the rules prohibiting these performers from twirling, flying and catapulting themselves around the cars, apparently endangering other riders.  This prohibition on acrobatics though, will not stem the flow of other “street talent” using the subway platforms as their stage.  From magicians to musicians, poets to rappers and every other kind of artists, you’re still bound to be treated to a show on steel wheels while you’re bound for work or school.

So, if you applaud the crackdown on subway acrobatics and find most train-based public performance an unbearable annoyance, perhaps you’d prefer to study medical billing classes online with the Allen School and avoid the daily shows in the tube.  If you think the acrobats and all the other subway performers are an interesting part of the social fabric, then you may prefer to study medical assisting training on Allen School campuses in the NYC area, taking the “E” train to school (that’s “E” for Entertainment).

Completed Medical Billing Classes Online? Learn How to Ace Job Interviews Online

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Don’t listen to the overconfident baby. Pants are NOT optional during a Skype job interview!

So you’re no rookie.  You’ve recently completed your medical billing classes online with the Allen School.  You’re ready to take your new education out for a spin through the job marketplace.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn then, that much of the “legwork” involved in running down promising jobs and then negotiating first, second and third interviews doesn’t actually require the use of your legs anymore.  Just like the education process, the hiring process has also been largely transitioned over to the online space.  Even the second or third interview – the “face-to-face” – may be convened using Skype or other popular webcam sharing apps.

Did you know that there are new and exciting ways to blow the job interview using this exciting technology?  Of course you did!  But for those who may not be as savvy, let’s take a look at this “Ultimate Guide to Acing the Skype Job Interview” courtesy of the nice folks over at Skype.  It has some suggestions that I would hope would be common sense such as, “Make sure you’re wearing pants”. (?!?)

There are other good tips here for maximizing your opportunities through technology while job hunting.  And, if you’re not hip to Skype, you should definitely check it out!