MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | November 2019 Edition

Technology in Health Care Rules!

Think of where we would be without some of the most basic of health care inventions. My vote goes to the “oral” thermometer… Anyway, this issue of MBriefs looks back at the 10 most important inventions in health care over the years, introduces you to a “smart inhaler,” and how artificial intelligent sensors are helping to eliminate the need for contrast and radioactive dye in medical procedures.


The Real Stuff You Need to Know

How Old is That Thing, Doc?

Picture a physician walking down a hospital corridor, white coat, embroidered name on that coat, and what else….Yep, the stethoscope around the neck, right? One of the oldest medical inventions that hasn’t changed and is still a key instrument in a physician’s inventory to this day.

Sure, change is constant, specifically medically speaking. We have moved leaps and bounds with medical advancement. Yes, some inventions have been around since dirt, and yet, could you imagine how our health care system would be if we did not have these original devices today?

Take a stroll through this timeline of ingenious inventions. They were the start of medical discoveries that have cured diseases, lengthened average life span, and improved overall health. What do you think will be next? What original thought will come and fix a problem of today?

Optoacoustic: ‘Acoustic’… Like a Guitar?

Not exactly, you need to think big brain stuff! As we mentioned in the previous article, medical technology advancements over the last half century continue to improve overall health care. For example, comparing an ultrasound scan from years ago versus an optoacoustic or photoacoustics scan of today, the ultrasound will appear like an old 35mm film negative. These advanced artificial intelligence testing procedures can provide a better, more defined overall image without the need of the contrasting dye or radioactive devices...bleh, thank goodness. However, with this advancement, ironically, more is better. Researchers from ETH Zurich have determined that with more AI sensors, the precise image will be captured at all angles and can expedite the doctor’s decision process to move forward with treatment.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

When it comes to your health, your doctor may know a thing or two more than you, but they don’t know your finances. You don’t have to go to medical school to know you can’t afford certain services. When a doctor requests services, it’s okay to ask why you need a specific test, and if it’s okay to go to a less expensive facility. In less than one minute, you'll know the three questions to ask your primary care physician next time you're there -- check it out!

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

Kristin Hostetter from Lincoln Financial meets with Kenzie and Anne Marie for our most recent Side Affects podcast. Kristin has over 15 years of absence management experience and has seen the entire process take some creative turns. Leave management has become a tool that will allow employers to gain the talent they are looking for from the tight and competitive workforce. What do your employees value? Should you consider some adjustments to your family leave to keep your staff happy and loyal? Listen and learn your options.

Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

Our 2019 Learning Center season has come to an end…. we look forward to seeing you again in the spring. Please take a moment and share any feedback, suggestions or ideas with us!

What did you like about this year’s Learning Center presentations?

What, if anything, would you change? Timing? Presenters? Food? Introductions? Notifications?

What would you like to see next year? Are there any topics you would like to learn more about?

For those who did not attend any of the learning centers, what do we need to present to get you in here?

Thank you for your attendance!

To Post or Not to Post?

Hello HR Execs, it’s finally time for you to join the social media revolution. Embrace social media and use the tools that your employees will understand and accept. With the straight-forward tips listed below, you are one step closer to trending all the way home.

To Post or Not to Post?

Tip #1

Do you want to respond to someone on LinkedIn because they posted a thought-provoking, clever or intelligent post? But you just don't quite know what to say...follow these tips!

Create a signature comment. Example: BOOM. | Great share, keep 'em coming! | I am so impressed.

Think of these questions when you feel you should comment something: What do you say when you like something? What do you say when something is inspiring? What do you say when you appreciate someone very much? What do you say as a congrats to someone?


It’s worth commenting because the person will be notified that you’ve commented! They see your name – and that’s one step closer for them getting to know who you are, where you work and what you do!

Tip #2

Did a co-worker just reach an incredible milestone? Accomplish a goal? Compete in a race? Give back to the community? Recognize them!


LinkedIn is a social networking site designed specifically for the business community. People want to network and connect but they are also online to see news that makes them happy and feel good. What's better news than congratulating someone you're proud of for something cool that they did?! (Bonus points if it's work-related!)

Tip #3

Create an infographic! An infographic is a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data.


Infographics have had the biggest increase in usage among B2B marketers in the last four years -- now at 65%. When people hear information, they're likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. However, if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people retained 65% of the information three days later. (Plus -- they are pretty and you can create them online for free!)

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

Puff the Magic Dragon?

Puff the Magic Dragon? If you aren’t doing it right, then it isn’t magic.

Too often, asthma users misfire when trying to use their inhaler, attempting again, only to realize, they have now consumed too much. With the new Smart Inhalers, Bluetooth technology records and monitors the process of the inhaler to assure that the user is getting the proper dose, and how often. With this knowledge, users can share with their provider, their pharmacist, even just themselves to determine how good an inhaler they are.

Sure, this is possibly an additional step to just inhaling to ease asthmatic conditions; however, if done correctly, you alleviate the discomfort effectively, and over time less costly. Log the app and puff away.

Created By
McGohan Brabender