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Combating the Nursing Shortage with Mobile Patient Engagement

October 21, 2014 by Tanya Dainoski

Combating the nursing shortage

By implementing various mobile patient engagement technologies, such as text (SMS) messaging and mobile apps, existing nurses and case managers can manage more patients simultaneously, improving patient satisfaction and decreasing nurse burnout.[read more]

Articles about Disclosure in Online Communities

October 20, 2014 by Colleen Young

Stanford Medicine X

Since presenting on the panel at Stanford Medicine X called Communicating the Experience of Illness in the Digital Age, I’ve been giving more thought on the importance and role of self-disclosure in building online health communities. Here are a few papers that Jeana Frost, Meredith Gould and I found.[read more]

Stopping the Revolving Door of Avoidable Readmissions [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

avoidable readmissions

This video gives examples of what some hospitals are doing throughout the country to successfully reduce avoidable readmissions. What are you doing to reduce avoidable readmissions? Have you discovered additional best practices? Have you tried different measures that didn’t work?[read more]

Why the Business of Pain Management Is Big and Getting Bigger

October 20, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

pain management / shutterstock

Through our research of the pain management market (and hereafter in this report we’ll use the terms ‘pain management’ and ‘pain medicine’ interchangeably), we’ve become convinced that the millions of patients seeking pain treatment in the U.S. could benefit from a more integrated and coordinated care approach.[read more]

Trashing Charlie Baker on Outsourcing: Uncalled For

October 19, 2014 by David E Williams

Charlie Baker (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

The mud-slinging continues in the campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. This time Democrat Martha Coakley is attacking Republican Charlie Baker for outsourcing jobs when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care back in 1999. It’s an unfair attack. Baker should be praised instead.[read more]

Can You Afford Readmission Penalties in 2015?

October 18, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

readmission penalties

According to CMS, one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days. Just so you don’t have to do the math, that equates to 20%. CMS recently released the final regulations for 2015 in regard to readmission penalties. The major changes include new conditions as well as higher readmission penalties.[read more]

Dying in America? Bureaucrats Care

October 16, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

dying in America

Many families lost housing, job, and retirement security in the Great Recession. Their wages haven’t risen in real terms in a generation. Their hold on financial well-being may be tenuous. Now IOM’s Committee on Approaching Death apparatchiks advocate building their whole death structure on the over-burdened backs of ordinary Americans.[read more]

CMS Proposes Further Expansion of Rewards for Medicare: Retailer Reward Programs

October 15, 2014 by Michael Dermer

Medicare / shutterstock

On October 3, CMS proposed new safe harbors to the anti-kickback program would open the door for retailers to clearly allow customers to receive coupons and reward benefits under loyalty type programs when purchasing drugs and other services covered in whole or in part by federal health care programs.[read more]

Secure Physician Network: Brainstorming for Cures [PODCAST]

October 14, 2014 by Janet Kennedy
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Greg Chang

Realizing the need for a secure communications network to engage their orthopedic surgeons and physicians, Duke University Medical Center developed a secure physician network to to allow intercollegiate conversations. In 2011, the platform was spun off as a med-tech startup called for[MD]. Here's our interview with Greg Chang, the co-founder.[read more]

Orthopaedic Medicine Vital to Addressing Musculoskeletal Disorders [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 14, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Musculoskeletal disorders

The orthopaedic medicine market is one that is poised for intense growth over the next 10 years, with inpatient orthopaedic volume expected to grow 15%, and 28% for outpatient orthopaedics, according to the Advisory Board. This infographic illustrates some of the major musculoskeletal disorder trends in the U.S.[read more]

Little Things Do Make a Big Difference: Globalizing Personal Health

October 14, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Dr. Anita Goel

In a world where nearly 4 billion people lack access to basic health care, the need for mobile testing using simple methods such as a single drop of blood could have momentous impacts on care. The level of individualized, near real-time care could become a reality in the developing world, as well as in many remote areas of the industrialized world.[read more]

Innovation, Primary Care Style

October 13, 2014 by David Harlow

primary care

On a recent evening at Harvard Medical School, the Primary Care Innovation Challenge and Pitch-Off brought together six finalists, primary care luminaries and trainees, and a host of hangers-on and camp followers for a couple of hours of demos and discussions.[read more]