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The average wait time for patients in a doctors office increased more than a full minute from 2011 to 2012, citing an annual report from Vitals. Naturally, patients select medical providers based on education, experience, personality, and specialty area, but experiences in the waiting room do impact overall satisfaction. Creating a comfortable, functional waiting area for patients reduces stress during lengthy delays. Here are some tips on how to make waiting a more pleasurable experience for patients.

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While the number of spine surgeons certified to perform robot spine surgery is still small, the ranks of robotics-certified physicians are growing. Here are 49 spine surgeons that operate with robotic assistance.  

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At the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago on June 14, a roundtable of ambulatory surgery center industry experts discussed evolving business, clinical and competitive issues in spine and pain. The roundtable included President and Medical Director of Illinois Pain Institute John Prunskis, MD; CEO and Medical Director of Deuk Spine Institute Ara Deukmedjian, MD; Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Symbion Healthcare Danny Bundren. The panel was moderated by Holly Carnell, JD, an associate at McGuireWoods.
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Eugene Carragee, MD, editor-in-chief of The Spine Journal of the North American Spine Society, has responded to the findings from the Yale University Open Data Access Project published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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HealthGrades recently named Valdosta, Ga.-based South Georgia Medical Center number one in the state and among the top 10 in the country for spine surgery.
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Conference sessionAt the 11th Annual Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Managemea roundtable of ambulatory surgery center industry experts discussed orthopedic, spine and pain management practice defining issues.
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Spine The North American Spine Society released a statement responding to the Yale Open Data Access Project that published two studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing lower degrees of efficacy and higher rates of adverse effects with the use of rhBMP-2 than originally reported by industry-sponsored studies.
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SpineGuard received a patent for its "smart screw" concept where the PediGuard sensor is implanted on the tip of a pedicle screw.
On Tuesday, June 19, Christopher R. Good, MD, a spinal specialist from the Virginia Spine Institute in Reston, Va., performed the first sacroiliac fusion surgery guided by a robot on a patient.
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Moshe Shoham, PhD, received the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for inventing the Mazor Robotics' Renaissance spine system.
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