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By Sadie Fowler

Jeremy Modglin has a unique perspective as a member of MMC’s Dermatology Department. In addition to working on the team as a nurse technician, Modglin is also a patient, which is what ultimately inspired him to make a career change after 15 years of being a teacher.

His story at MMC began about four years ago, when he became a patient. One day, he came in for a regular skin check as he had done many times in the past.
“I had previous moles removed in the past so I went in for regular check-ups as they were just watching things, like normal,” Modglin said.

Modglin’s provider there, nurse practitioner Hope Brown, discovered a spot — about the size of a tip on a ballpoint pen — on his back and she did not like the way it looked. A biopsy of this spot was done and soon enough the results came in.

“I had had spots checked before so it was no big deal,” he said. “But when we got the result back that it was Melanoma … Well, being that I was 38 at the time, hearing news that I had cancer was very hard to absorb. Then, of course I Googled it and gave myself about two weeks to live.”

Modglin said Hope brought him in to talk him through it and it didn’t take long for him to feel some actual ‘hope.’ He also recalls reaching out to a friend of his who was a breast cancer survivor. Between Hope and the friend, Modglin says he was talked off the ledge and began his journey of dealing with the diagnosis.

“Interestingly, we learned that the same spot I had taken off my back was from the very same spot that my grandfather had on his back which killed him,” he said.

Modglin got through it and now he comes in every three months to be checked. Actually, he comes in to MMC more often than every three months because he is also an employee.

“Yes, it turns out I was so fascinated by dermatology that I actually ended up working here,” he laughed. “I was a teacher for 15 years and was ready for a career change.”

One of the greatest traits Modglin brings to the MMC team is his sincere compassion for patients going through the tough process of hearing they have cancer. One of his duties is calling patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer.

“I’ll call them and talk to them and when I reach a certain point I always stop and say, ‘I am going to stop. Now, you take over. Tell me how you’re feeling now because I know this is a lot to take in.’”

As a patient and employee, Modglin’s words of advice to others are quite simple.

“If I could share anything, I’d tell people to definitely be more observant and to be proactive rather than reactive,” he said. “A good offense is your best defense.”

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic  | Category: Dermatology

As you may know, hearing is something that should be protected. Your mom or your dad always told you to cover your ears when a loud sound came your way for a reason. Hearing can be permanently damaged by loud noises if you are not careful. In recognition of Better Speech & Hearing Month, MMC Audiologist, Megan Shissler Au. D., CCC-A, gave us three tips for better hearing:

  1. Protect your ears:  MMC provides hearing protection, but you can easily find hearing protection over the counter.
  2.  Be careful about listening to music through headphones:  use the 60/60 rule, which means only 60 percent of your volume for no more than 60 minutes at a time.
  3. Always get regular checkups: ringing in the ears is the number one symptom of hearing loss. Schedule an evaluation today if you feel you may have this symptom.

There are always precautions that you can take to make surethat your hearing and the hearing of those around you is protected. Listen towhat your parents told you, and always protect your hearing.

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic  | Category: Audiology

Tennessee provider seeks to make genomic information easily available at the point of care

Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL – May 7, 2019

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) announced today that Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter(MMC) has selected 2bPrecise™ to support its precision medicine strategy, beginning with pharmacogenomics (PGx) at the point of care. 

The only multispecialty, physician-owned clinic in Rutherford County, TN, MMC became an advocate of genomics and PGx several years ago, with providers ordering molecular tests for select patients to support diagnostic and treatment decisions. They found it difficult to apply genomic insights to medical decisions during patient encounters, however, because test results were not integrated with clinical information or easily available within the EHR workflow.

“We’re deeply committed to providing exceptional care to members of our community,”says Nicholas Cote, D.O., CMIO and President of the Board for MMC. “We recognize that using science to drive medical treatment is infinitely more effective than trial and error. The 2bPrecise platform will help equip our clinicians to identify the best medications for individual patients, achieving better results faster and with fewer side effects. Not only is this good medicine, but it greatly enhances the patient experience as well.”

2bPrecise,a wholly owned Allscripts subsidiary, developed its platform to serve as the final bridge between the science of genomics and clinical application. It consumes data from any lab source or knowledge base and delivers it in an actionable format and vocabulary to the clinical workflow, regardless of the provider’s EHR.

Dr. Cote notes that use of PGx test results in family practice is especially beneficial, as it serves as the “epicenter” of care, with primary care providers supporting the overall management of the patient. Over time,leadership at MMC anticipates expanding to areas of precision medicine beyond PGx. The 2bPrecise solution can serve as the foundation for long-term needs, enabling MMC to help clinicians identify patients at risk for heritable diseases across specialties, arrive at precise diagnoses earlier and ultimately select the best treatment based on the patient’s genetic profile.

Implementation of the platform is underway, with go-live anticipated later this year. 2bPrecise will be integrated with MMC’s current clinical systems, including Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR. Relevant PGx information will be brought to the provider’s attention via the 2bPrecise Genomic EHR Mentor (GEM™), an applet that floats on top of the EHR workflow.

“We’re delighted to partner with Dr. Cote and his team on MMC’s precision medicine strategy,” says Assaf Halevy, founder and CEO of 2bPrecise. “It’s clear that MMC leadership has a long-term vision to leverage innovation for the good of the patient, a mission that aligns closely with 2bPrecise’s corporate values.”

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