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5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

How to Progress Towards a "Prevention-Based Society"

April 30, 2015 by Christopher Fox

Top-down programs and campaigns from large institutions have lost their efficacy, if they ever worked at all. To change behavior, we in the healthcare industry have to get granular about how we influence behavior and drive outcomes.[read more]

Social Media: What Consumers Need to Know About Online Health Information

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Ficarra

What do consumers need to know about health information? If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research—gather information from different sources. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider before making any changes to your lifestyle or medical regimen.[read more]

EEOC Regs on Wellness Incentives: Progress, but Many Issues

April 29, 2015 by Michael Dermer

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On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released proposed regulations to guide employers on designing their wellness programs and associated incentives in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The comment period for the proposed regulations closes June 19, 2015.[read more]

EHR Interoperability: Let's Stop Beating a Dead Drum

April 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS, I must again conclude that the only model that makes sense is exactly what I have been proposing.[read more]

As a Physician Do You Have Adequate Financial Expertise?

April 28, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

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Medical school and residency programs have essentially no time devoted for personal financial education and little if any time for learning the financial implications of starting a medical practice. You are on your own. Your natural mentors – professors, senior residents or senior colleagues in your practice – are probably no better equipped than you.[read more]

Disruptions on the Yellow Brick Road

April 28, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

American health care is caught in a cyclone. Every patient, every doctor, every hospital is buffeted by gales blowing hard from the whirlwinds. Lives are upended. Reportedly people have died. And many folks couldn’t be happier about it. Downright gleeful.[read more]

ResearchKit: The Tip of the Iceberg

April 27, 2015 by Mike Van Snellenberg

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Much like the proverbial iceberg where only 10% of the whole is visible, Apple’s ResearchKit is a beautiful, if small, slice of user interface that hides a large and complex underlying platform needed to actually deploy healthcare research apps.[read more]

Clarifying the ICD-10 Implementation Process

April 27, 2015 by Andy Salmen

CMS recently reported completion of successful end-to-end testing of new ICD-10 coding. This is sure to be a welcome announcement for any healthcare provider who works with Medicare and Medicaid, especially since the October 1st deadline for transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is rapidly approaching.[read more]

What Specialty Pharmacies Can Teach the Healthcare Industry

April 26, 2015 by Abby Norman

One area of the healthcare industry that already has a good handle on patient satisfaction is specialty pharmacy. As an industry in and of itself, pharmacy has always had to concern itself with patient satisfaction and other measure of quality that will give them insight into patient adherence to treatment.[read more]

Wallet Burn and the Nasty Side of Pay-per-Click Advertising

April 25, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

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On the surface, Pay-per-Click (PPC) advertising—sometimes known as cost-per-click—seems friendly enough. Advertisers only pay for the advertising space when someone clicks on the ad. One analogy, however, says that PPC can be like high-stakes gambling.[read more]

Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

E-cigarettes: The California Cooler of the 21st Century

April 24, 2015 by David E Williams

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New data show 13 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes. They seem safer than smoking, but my view is that, at least for kids, they lower the barriers to unhealthy behaviors by making drug use more like having a candy or soft drink.[read more]