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BioPharma Beat: No, the Facts Don't Always Speak for Themselves

July 14, 2014 by David Davidovic

BioPharma Beat

Shouldn't healthcare be all about making evidence-based decisions? Shouldn’t we credit research and data more than just anecdotal stories? At least that’s what we’re led to believe when we hear about the millions of dollars, high hurdles, and years it takes to approve new diagnostics, drugs and devices.[read more]

Doctors 2.0 & You – iHealth Walking Challenge [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 5, 2014 by Denise Silber

Uwe Diegel and Beate Bartes

The headline of the challenge is that more than a million steps were taken in two days, by those who wore the iHealth activity trackers. Even more importantly, this event within the event was an introduction to the world of better preventive health through the concept of quantified self![read more]

Genworth Publishes LTC Cost Data

July 2, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

long-term care / shutterstock

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]

Enhancing the "Coolness Factor" in Our Later Years

Making aging "cool" / shutterstock

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]

Is Design Important in Healthcare?

June 23, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

Design in healthcare.

I’ve been in the healthcare delivery business now for 30 years and I can confidently say we’ve paid almost no attention to design. Systems are built around physicians’ desires and workflows, and physicians tend to be quantitative, content-focused and able to handle multiple variables at once.[read more]

Is My Medicine on the Prescription Drug Formulary?

June 23, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Prescription drugs and insurance are roll of the dice.

One of the frustrating aspects of medical practice is trying to divine if the medication I am prescribing is covered by the patient’s insurance company. Even with the advent of electronic medical records, which should be able to determine this, we are often left to hope and pray.[read more]

Raising Healthier Kids: How to Get Them to Play Outside

June 22, 2014 by Holly Hosler

How to get kids to play outside.

Many parents are dealing with how to manage the time their kids spend sitting on the couch watching TV or glued to a computer/smartphone/gaming system. Digital devices and other indoor entertainment mean kids are spending less and less time enjoying the great outdoors.[read more]

The Quest for Healthcare Quality: Providers and HCAHPS

June 21, 2014 by Abby Norman

When it comes to assessing healthcare quality, we’ve already talked about the trouble with defining ‘quality,’ the patient’s perspective and touched on the value of HCAHPS data. The final piece of the puzzle is how do healthcare organizations, hospitals and providers use the HCAHPS data to improve their outcomes?[read more]

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Studies: Texting Between Providers and Patients Can Improve Health Care

June 19, 2014 by Cliff McClintick

Texting for health.

Two recent journal articles support the idea that text messages between clinicians and patients can bring major benefits for health care. An important point to keep in mind, though, is that standard text messages are not HIPAA-compliant. The growing body of evidence that texting boosts the quality of care underscores the need for secure messaging.[read more]

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A Day in the Life of a Wound Care Patient

June 18, 2014 by James Calder

Experience of a wound care patient.

Almost all wound care patients will need to make adjustments to their home life. If a person is a smoker they are urged to quit immediately because of smoking's impact on the body's ability to heal. Le said that they are also urged to start a steady vitamin regimen and follow basic nutrition guidelines.[read more]

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pharmaphorum: Patient Opinion Leaders Are the New Healthcare Influencers

June 17, 2014 by Paul Tunnah
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pharmaphorum column.

Patient Opinion Leaders (POLs) – a phrase I coined when speaking with one of them recently – are the most empowered and educated of all patients. They are the ones taking a thorough and deeply scientific interest in their own illness and using the power of social media to amplify their voice so they can help others.[read more]

Glucose Monitoring Research Drives More Promises Than Answers

June 17, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

Glucose monitoring.

Technologies in development for less-invasive or non-invasive glucose monitoring are legion, and many are very promising, but you can’t fill out a deposit slip with these promises. Frequently, such alternatives are based on the premise of quantifying blood glucose by sensitively detecting glucose in other fluids other than blood.[read more]