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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]

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BioPharma Beat: Incremental Innovation Is Sometimes What the Doctor Needs

September 16, 2014 by David Davidovic

A lot of innovation in healthcare is incremental and progressive—and there is absolutely nothing wrong with baby steps. From time to time, we need to step back and look at bigger timeframes in which multiple relatively small, sequential innovations have taken place.[read more]

The UK and Japan Moving to a National Rewards System: Is the US Next?

September 4, 2014 by Michael Dermer

A national rewards system on the horizon?

The UK and Japan may be moving toward incentivizing health. Of course the United States healthcare system is more complex, but the basic premise is the same: if we know the short term and long term behaviors by patients and providers that save money, and we can align financial rewards to those behaviors, everyone wins.[read more]

A Tale of Two Sensors: Misfit Shine vs. FitBit Zip

August 23, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Misfit Shine

On a 5-day back-packing trip in British Columbia, I put two sensors to the test. While neither were designed specifically for this purpose, my impressions are definitely relevant to the usability of the sensors in everyday life. I've been using the FitBit Zip for over a year, and I decided to also try the Misfit Shine.[read more]

Andre Blackman: Sustain or Die Manifesto [PODCAST]

August 18, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Andre Blackman

Andre Blackman is an influential and connected agent of change/innovation within the health care community. He is very passionate about the intersection of media, technology and useful innovative concepts as it relates to the improvement of population and systemic health.[read more]

Doc Foreman: Suicide Education and Twitter [PODCAST]

August 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy

Dr. April C. Foreman

Get Social Health talks to Dr. April C. Foreman (or @DocForeman to her social media following). She is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans in Louisiana as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator and is a leader of the Twitter Chat #SPSM every Sunday night on Suicide Prevention and Social Media.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Imagination Is More Important Than Innovation

August 5, 2014 by David Davidovic

I know that this will sound like heresy to most people in the “innovation machine” who could never accept that anything can be more important than innovation itself. But, in my view, innovation is more of the process and the output – and is not the actual catalyst.[read more]

7 Tips to Create an Awesome Wellness Program

July 31, 2014 by Matt Gretczko

wellness program

As wellness becomes a more formal staple within the healthcare landscape, we are hearing from participants of wellness programs about the components that would truly enhance their experience. Here's a list of some of the exciting things that technology can help promote in wellness to design truly immersive and engaging programs.[read more]

Multiple Lifestyle Interventions May Help Those at Risk for Alzheimer's

July 27, 2014 by Liz Seegert

image: Robert Wallce / Flickr CC

Physical activity, nutritional guidance, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health risk factors improved cognitive performance, according to Finnish researchers. The two-year randomized controlled trial included 1,260 participants aged 60 to 77 with modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.[read more]