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Some Healthcare News and Views

December 19, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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Results were released last week from a Pfizer and Cancer and Careers survey done with Harris Poll. The survey data underscore the messages highlighted in the recent event (Cancer and Employment: Managing Work During a Health Crisis) and white paper from the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and ThinkAnthem.[read more]


Why Boeing's ACO Experiment Needs to Succeed

December 9, 2014 by Travis McKnight

This month the world’s biggest aerospace company, Boeing, is giving roughly 30,000 of its employees and retirees in the Seattle area the option to change their health care to one of two new ACOs, University of Washington Medicine Accountable Care Network or Providence-Swedish Health Alliance.[read more]

Down, Down, Down: Avoidable Errors, Uninsurance, Cost Inflation

December 9, 2014 by David Harlow

The ACA is really making a dent in uninsurance, and that's a good thing. But spending growth is likely to keep on keepin' on as we ease out of the Great Recession unless we make some fundamental changes in the health care system. At the moment, these don't seem to be in the cards.[read more]

More US Pharmaceutical Industry Downsizing

December 8, 2014 by David Avitabile

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The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has taken some pretty severe hits over the past decade, and recent news suggests that it isn't over yet. On December 3rd, GlaxoSmithKline is expected to announce hundreds of job cuts in the United States, including jobs at GSK's Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park locations.[read more]

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

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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]