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Effective Technologies for Wound Hemostasis, Sealing and Closure

July 28, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

Fibrin sealants represented a revolution in local hemostatic measures for both bleeding and nonbleeding disorders. Fibrin sealant has the potential to provide life-saving control of excessive bleeding in many critical surgical operations and during a number of elective procedures.[read more]

Why 1 + 1 = 10 for Physicians and Information Technologists

July 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Demand for doctors is on the rise

An article in Becker’s Hospital Review caught my attention, because of what it portends for the careers of physicians and health IT workers. The article, 10 Concerns and Trends Facing Hospitals Right Now, is a terrific synopsis of everything a hospital CEO should be focused on these days if he or she wants his or her hospital to survive.[read more]

Multiple Lifestyle Interventions May Help Those at Risk for Alzheimer's

July 27, 2014 by Liz Seegert

image: Robert Wallce / Flickr CC

Physical activity, nutritional guidance, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health risk factors improved cognitive performance, according to Finnish researchers. The two-year randomized controlled trial included 1,260 participants aged 60 to 77 with modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.[read more]

Blogging vs. Other Social Channels

July 27, 2014 by Christina Thielst

social media toolbox

Lately I've been thinking about the fact that I'm not blogging as much. In the old days (2005 to 2011ish), my blog was my primary social media outlet, and my other social media channels were supplementary and supportive. However, the times and technologies have changed and my toolbox has evolved.[read more]

When Should Doctors Turn Patients Away?

July 27, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

A few days before this writing, a 32-year-old woman came to see me for an opinion on stomach pain. Why would I refuse to see her again? Abdominal pain is an everyday occurrence for a gastroenterologist. She was accompanied by her mother. I had never met this woman previously.[read more]

A Mobile Imaging Efficiency Showdown: CR vs. DR [VIDEO]

July 26, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

mobile imaging

We wanted to compare the efficiency of DR compared to CR using the DRX-1, and we were able to record a speed test. In the video, wireless DR is almost twice as fast as standard CR imaging–an impressive performance that could make a big difference in terms of productivity and patient care.[read more]

Medical Mistakes: To Err Is Human - Yes and No?

July 26, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical mistakes

According to information shared at a recent Senate hearing, preventable medical errors are the number three killer in America. It is estimated that medical mistakes kill 1000 Americans every day and harm another 10,000 people a day due to complications resulting from non-fatal medical errors. How can that be, you say?[read more]

Does the Fear of “Being Sold” Keep You from New Opportunities?

July 26, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

I’d like to tell you a story about two insightful, and mirror opposite, conversations that I had with doctors. These two informal chats revealed how basic attitudes can quickly define success or failure in healthcare marketing.[read more]

Other Ways to Create Engaging Content for Your Hospital

July 25, 2014 by Michael Sherman

creating content

Effective healthcare marketing should start with great content. Blogging, email marketing and social media are great ways to brand your healthcare facility. But to stand out from the crowd you need to diversify and be different. Here are a few different ways to convert web traffic into new patients.[read more]

Health Information Exchange: Meaningful Consent

July 25, 2014 by David Harlow

Opt-in or opt-out?

Health information exchange is one arrow in the quiver that may lead to promised improvement in the coordination, efficiency and effectiveness of health care services based on the sharing of data contained in individual patients' electronic health records.[read more]

The Value of Integrative Medicine in Primary Care

July 25, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

acupuncture

Integrative medicine means, at least, a healing environment, a passion for prevention and wellness and not just diagnosis and treatment; working with the patient and the patient’s family as partners; understanding the deeper causes of illness and symptoms; and providing approaches for self-care.[read more]

The Problem with Thinking We Get What We Pay for in Health Care

July 25, 2014 by Brad Wright

cost vs. value / shutterstock

Is higher cost health care perceived as being higher quality? There are a variety of reasons why prices are a tad bit wonky in the U.S., including things like third-party payers and information asymmetry, but might patient perception also be a factor?[read more]