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How health IT is changing spine — 5 key trends from Dr. Kern Singh

Online platforms and electronic medical records are making a huge impact on healthcare. Health IT is an essential part of the evolving practice, and spine surgeons are seeing the impact. Here are five observations on how health IT is changing spine care from Kern Singh, MD, co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush in Chicago. 1. Electronic medical records are a must-have. Most hospitals have an EMR system, and the automated technology helps gather crucial data for the patient [...]

Growth of Outpatient Spine Surgery Warrants More Research

Dr. Kern Singh, co-director of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, was featured in an Orthopedics Today story about outpatient spine surgery. In it, he discusses the two aspects he feels are driving more outpatient spine surgery - the high patient demand for a quick return to function and the need for lower costs among spine surgery procedures. Read the full article at www.healio.com.

Post Sunshine Act: How Spine Surgeon Relationships With Industry Are Evolving

In August 2013, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act went into effect, meaning industry interactions with physicians were recorded and published online. The first set of interactions published on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website were in September 2014, leading some physicians to think twice about how they relate to device companies. Read the full story here.

A conversation with Kern Singh, MD

In this issue, Spine Surgery Today poses five questions to Kern Singh, MD, associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and also co-director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush. Dr. Singh’s clinical focus includes the minimally invasive treatment of complex degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He also specializes in minimally invasive treatment of spinal tumors and adult spinal deformities. His research interests include minimally invasive, motion sparing spinal [...]

Dr. Kern Singh’s ‘Style’ Puts Patients at Ease

Dr. Kern Singh, co-director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, was recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as one of Chicago's most stylish. His passion for fashion, he finds, creates an opportunity to connect with his patients and to put them at ease. His favorite 'Happy Socks' usually make them smile. See the story and results from the Trump Tower Chicago photo shoot here. Read the full story at Crain's Chicago Business.

Dr. Singh Honored by the North American Spine Society

Dr. Kern Singh, spine surgeon and co-director of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, continues to ring up awards and recognitions. During the North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting, Dr. Singh was honored for his podium presentation comparing the complications and costs for revisions of cervical total disc replacement versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The story appeared in the NASS publication SPINELINE.

Dr. Singh Nominated for “Best Clinical Paper” at the NASS 28th Annual Meeting

Dr. Kern Singh Co-Director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, has conducted several studies about the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP). His national database work was recently nominated for "Best Clinical Paper" at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 28th Annual Meeting in October. With his extensive experience and knowledge on the subject of BMP, Dr. Singh was asked to provide his professional insight in an Orthopedics This Week article.