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Ebola: America Driven by Fear

November 3, 2014 by Lisa Sams, MSN, RCN

Ebola is a nasty disease. But ignorance is worse. If you doubt this statement, take look at film clips from BBC World on the struggle to bring calm, through the use of the evidence, to the many frightened people in West Africa. Why, in America, where we have access to a 24/7 news cycle, has fear taken control of our brains?[read more]

Hospital Marketing and Ebola: Communication and Education Needed

October 30, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Ebola: education and communication

Hospitals can use marketing to reassure patients that their doctors and staff have the training needed to deal with Ebola should it cross into the community. This will not only help educate the public about the disease, but also open up a line of communication that will build trust for the healthcare network.[read more]

Why You Should Be More Afraid of the Flu Than Ebola

October 29, 2014 by Brad Wright

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Instead of offering yet another post that says “Stop worrying about Ebola,” I want to write one that reframes the discussion much like the way sells complementary goods: “Customers who bought this item also bought this other item." So: If you’re scared of catching Ebola, you should be even more scared of catching the flu.[read more]

3 Steps Toward Preparing for a Provider Rating System

October 9, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

provider ratings

There has been a lot of dialogue lately regarding CMS’s potential expansion of a star rating system to providers. Not surprisingly, it is being rather heavily opposed. The difficulty with such a system is whether a star, or any other indicator, is ensuring the rating actually measures what it is intended to.[read more]

Collaborative Learning: Ebola

October 7, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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I entitled this post Collaborative Learning: Ebola because I empathize with the Presbyterian Hospital ED physician who sent the patient home initially. Unfortunately, this is how we learn to improve: by making mistakes, owning up to our shortcomings, and resolving to do better the next time.[read more]

Next-Gen Sequencing Could Unlock Ebola's Secrets

September 29, 2014 by Shane Climie, Ph.D.

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has dominated recent newscasts and shocked many people with the speed and ferocity of its spread. Fortunately, researchers are now also applying the latest technologies to search for new ways to halt Ebola.[read more]

What the Ebola Outbreak Shows Us About Modern Health Technology

September 19, 2014 by Patti Doherty, R.N.

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Unfortunately, emerging disease outbreaks are nothing new. However, the current Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is showing us more than just the cracks in international public health response effectiveness: it is also showing how modern healthcare technology can help defeat the virus and how it could be applied to other emerging diseases.[read more]

Veterans and mHealth: A Sensible Patient Engagement Strategy

September 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Patient Engagement

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been taking it on the chin of late with allegations (and proof) of delayed appointments and care at some facilities, and charges that these delays have led to poor outcomes and even death. This is most likely caused by poor administration rather than poor care.[read more]

Taking a Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct

September 17, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

The reason that I entitled this post “A Fresh Look at Disruptive Physician Conduct” is that I was pleased that it had been selected for presentation at a major surgical meeting. For too long, this subject has been swept under the rug.[read more]

No More Tobacco at CVS

September 5, 2014 by Brad Wright

CVS: Tobacco-free

As of September 2, CVS–the ubiquitous pharmacy/convenience store–has stopped selling tobacco products, including both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. This is a bold move from the retailer, which is also planning to rebrand itself as “CVS Health” to emphasize its place in the health care delivery chain.[read more]

Alleged Photo Leaks Prompt Question: Can Apple Keep Healthcare Data Secure?

September 4, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Healthcare data in the cloud

If the alleged leak of risque celebrity photos from iCloud was going to happen, it couldn’t have happened at a much worse time. Apple is just a week away from unveiling its new iPhone and health wearable, according to reports. Now the question is: can Apple keep their health data secure?[read more]


5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]