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How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

Picture of Mental Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 12, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

The need for mental health diagnosis and treatment is soaring, in part due to Medicaid expansion and in part due to the stigma which has been associated with mental health diminishing somewhat. Focus has shifted from treating just the body or mind to treating both in tandem. The problem is who is best equipped to treat both.[read more]


5 Breakthrough Technologies in Orthopedic Rehabilitation

July 8, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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Orthopedic rehabilitation is a constantly evolving field. Advances in science and an increasingly better understanding of orthotics have allowed doctors and other medical professionals to give patients more advanced rehab options.[read more]

Nursing Home Complaint Centers Fields Your Calls for Deaths Around Septic Shock

July 8, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

The Nursing Home Complaint Center says, “Based on the calls we get about deaths from sepsis, or septic shock, from family members whose loved one was being treated at a nursing home, a rehab center, or a skilled nursing facility, we are convinced this is a huge national problem."[read more]


Act on Oncology [VIDEO]

July 7, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Dr. Wieland Voigt and Dr. Christian R. Becker

In this video, hosted by HealthWorks Collective advisory board member Andrew Schorr, a cancer patient himself, two experts from Siemens Healthcare -- Dr. Wieland Voigt and Dr. Christian R. Becker -- explain “Act on Oncology” as an approach to make cancer care optimized for today’s patient and healthcare organization.[read more]

Genworth Publishes LTC Cost Data

July 2, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

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Genworth recently updated data about the cost of various services in the aging continuum of care. Overall, while the cost of care among all care providers has steadily increased, the cost of facility-based providers has grown at a much greater rate than that for home care.[read more]

Drug Risks Outweigh Benefits for Some Type 2 Diabetes Patients

July 2, 2014 by Liz Seegert

diabetes drugs

For patients with type 2 diabetes – especially those over age 50 – the negative impact of side effects like weight gain and burdens like frequent insulin shots trumps the benefits of drugs, says a new study by the University of Michigan Health System, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and University College London.[read more]

Andrew Schorr Reporting from EHA 2014

June 28, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Andrew Schorr

In this new video, I am reporting from Milan at EHA 2014. The atmosphere is upbeat and positive with over 10,000 clinical people and researchers from all around the world, sharing information and latest advancements in the treatment of blood related cancers.[read more]

Q&A Part Two: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

June 26, 2014 by Kenneth Walz

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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. In this interview, we discuss challenges in development and adoption of these technologies.[read more]

Enhancing the "Coolness Factor" in Our Later Years

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Recently, I spoke at the spring meeting of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. My talk focused on how we can build better designs into products intended to help with the aging process. This would involve making “uncool” medical technologies into “cool” accessories of aging.[read more]

5 Benefits of Orthopedic Group Purchasing

June 12, 2014 by Andy Salmen

For decades, hospitals have used the advantages of group purchasing to leverage their combined purchasing power to receive significant discounts and realize tremendous efficiencies and savings. Today, the convergence of multiple factors has led to the extension of this group purchasing model throughout the healthcare industry.[read more]

Providers Hesitant to Discuss End-of-Life Care with Some Patients

June 11, 2014 by Liz Seegert

End-of-life care: a tough discussion.

Who should discuss end of life care with patients, and when? Providers are unsure when to approach this issue and whether it’s the role of the primary provider or the heart specialist, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Healthcare Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions.[read more]