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Marketing Home Health Care: A Major Opportunity in the United States

November 13, 2014 by David Avitabile

home health

I believe we have reached a watershed moment in our history where technology has finally gotten to a point that allows fundamental changes in how health care is provided, and how much it costs. Perhaps the biggest area where this is evident is in home health care and our aging population.[read more]

Using Homecare for Positive Change in Healthcare

November 4, 2014 by Anne Weiler

The week before last, I was fortunate to be invited to attend the Collaborative for Integrated Home Care Aid Innovation Symposium: a group of committed individuals and organizations that are passionate about improving healthcare through home care. Here are some highlights.[read more]

4 Approaches to Improving HCAHPS Scores Through Mobilization

October 27, 2014 by Drew Kearney, Esq.

Patient satisfaction’s impact on reimbursements has many inpatient hospitals focusing on HCAHPS. One of the simplest enhancements to the care experience that can translate into virtually every area of improvement is mobilization.[read more]

Pre-habilitation: Effective Preventative Medicine for Rehabilitation

October 26, 2014 by Anne Weiler

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what can a knee bend do? The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recently answered this question with the results of a new study of the impact of physical therapy on surgical outcomes for hip replacement.[read more]

Top mHealth Apps for September

October 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

We’ve run the numbers and put together a list of the top five iOS and Android health and medical apps for September, both paid and unpaid. These mhealth and medical apps offer everything from tracking medical information, getting or staying in shape, consulting with physicians, and even helping others.[read more]

Pushing, Pulling, Nudging and Tipping Healthcare Evidence into Practice: Highlights from ACRM

October 20, 2014 by Anne Weiler

ACRM 2014

We’re just back from two weeks on the road visiting Wellpepper customers and also attending the Annual Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference in Toronto, where our research partners at Boston University presented the preliminary results from a study they’ve been working on.[read more]

mHealth Fitness Trackers Have a Long Way to Go

October 6, 2014 by David Harlow

A report on a survey regarding wearable fitness trackers arrived in the HealthBlawger's mailbox this week. An interesting dose of reality, after spending a few days in Silicon Valley recently with a cadre of early adopters. Here are some of the surprising highlights.[read more]

E-cigarette Makers Warn Consumers About Their Own Products

October 4, 2014 by David E Williams

The New York Times recently examined the perplexing case of tobacco companies makers voluntarily placing extensive warnings on their electronic cigarettes. My opinion is that e-cigarette ads are intended to lull people into a false sense of safety about these products by warning against them in so much detail.[read more]

Designing for Health and Happiness

September 24, 2014 by Kathy Nieder

This Slideshare, by David Sobel, Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente Northern California, is intriguing. The slides are worthwhile to see for patients and doctors alike, both searching for the motivation to make lives better–our own and the patients that we care for.[read more]

Why Outsourcing Your IRO Is a Good Idea

September 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

Outsourcing IROs

In any industry there are times when an outside perspective is the difference between progress and an impasse. In healthcare, where the bottom line of can be at odds with the wants and needs of the patients and payers, a third-party perspective can help to untangle the web of miscommunication.[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]

Should You Trust Your Doctor's Advice?

September 17, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Trusting a Doctor's Advice

Is your doctor a hammer and you're a nail? Here's some insider's advice coaxing patients to be more wary and skeptical of medical advice. Should you trust your doctor? Absolutely. But you need to serve as a spirited advocate for your own health or bring one with you.[read more]