Help Patients Stop Smoking

5 Ways to Help Patients Quit Smoking

An estimated 480,000 Americans die each year from issues associated with smoking cigarettes. According to the CDC, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States. Even worse, these illnesses cost more than $300 billion each year – $170 billion in medical care and $156 billion lost in productivity. Quitting reduces…

Hospital Horror Stories

7 Hospital Horror Stories for Halloween

Any health care professional can tell you, Halloween or not, some pretty scary things can happen on the job at any given moment. ’Tis the season to be spooky, so we’ve decided to round up a few hospital horror stories to make your Halloween a little bit more … horrifying. Do you have a horror story to…

ACEP17

Will We See You at ACEP17?

We’re very excited to be attending this year’s ACEP Scientific Assembly in Washington, D.C, from October 29 to November 1. We’ve attended this conference every year since 2011, and it never ceases to amaze. This year, more than 350 courses and labs will be offered to attendees, networking events, and much more. There’s also the…

American Pharmacists Month

Celebrating the Best of the Best for American Pharmacists Month

October 23, 2017 –  A 2015 JAMA study that found nearly three in five Americans take at least one prescription pill. Pharmacists are an integral part of the health care community and play a vital role in patients’ day-to-day lives. To recognize and celebrate these invaluable professionals, The American Pharmacists Association declared October as American Pharmacists Month. At…

HIMSS Health IT Week

Celebrating National Health IT Week with HIMSS

October 2, 2017 – PEPID is a proud partner of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society – better known as HIMSS – and National Health IT Week. There’s no doubt that when information technology and health care work hand in hand, patient outcomes greatly improve. To help raise awareness on just how important IT is…

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First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus of 2017

Caution to those traveling to Zika infected areas continues as the Florida Department of Health reports the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in 2017. The case has been confirmed in Pinellas County, FL. According to the report, “There is no evidence of transmission through mosquitoes taking place anywhere in Florida.” The woman tested…

opioid abuse spurs legislative action

Notes on Legislative Actions to Stem the Opioid Crisis

According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths nearly tripled from 1999 to 2015. The CDC’s December 30, 2016 MMWR report continues on to state that of the 47,055 drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2014 in the United States, 28,647 (60.9%) involved an opioid. As some states, including Arizona, Maryland, and Florida, declare a state…