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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]

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]

A Closer Look at Accountable Care Organizations [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 5, 2014 by Frankie Rendon

ACOs

Considered vital components of the healthcare revolution, the main focus of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is to emphasize coordinated, quality care for Medicare patients. This infographic about ACOs identifies four main goals of the roughly 250 coordinated care facilities established since the passing of the Affordable Care Act.[read more]

The Old Wives Club: Which Health Myths Are True?

May 29, 2014 by Laura Bogart

Parsing out health facts from fiction

When we’re grappling with nebulous situations (especially regarding our health), we search for certainty in stories that have trickled through the generations. Pedro Arrabal, M.D., has heard his fair share of these stories, ranging from the quasi-plausible to the head-scratchingly bizarre.[read more]

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How Wearables Will Transform the Health Insurance Game

May 12, 2014 by Veer Gidwaney
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wearable tech / shutterstock

From fitness bands to sensors that can be swallowed, wearable technology is expanding the possibilities of medicine. The evolution and expanding capabilities of wearables make them primed to transform healthcare and flip the health insurance industry on its head.[read more]

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Health Advances Fight the Dangers of Sedentary Lifestyle

May 12, 2014 by Gene Shirokobrod
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Sitting is killing us.

In the United States and other Western Cultures, the epidemic of increasingly sedentary lifestyles appears to be growing as more and more jobs require less movement throughout the day. As the problem grows, some are pushing back against this lifestyle and the negative effects it brings.[read more]

How Much Can We Demand of Consumer Connected Health?

May 5, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

Activity trackers

Expecting activity trackers to have scientific accuracy is unrealistic. Expecting them to help you keep your activity level top of mind and measured in context from day to day is realistic and in most cases helpful. Our experience using activity monitoring in programs at the Center for Connected Health has demonstrated this.[read more]

Why Tablets Are the New Frontier for In-Home mHealth

April 1, 2014 by Melody Wilding

mHealth at home

Two-thirds of health IT executives believe that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. And now providers are putting their money where their mouth is: More than one-quarter of HIT executives are currently implementing a mobile technology program.[read more]

Calorie Intake: The Last Mile for Truly Connected Health

March 20, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

eHealth

I recently got to know Samir Damani and his company, MD Revolution. Samir has taught me, among other things, that weight is not as important as some less consumer-friendly measures such as VO2, metabolic rate and visceral fat. As I became familiar with the MD Revolution team and their approach, the offering intrigued me.[read more]

Smooth Transition: Reducing Senior Readmissions to Hospitals

March 1, 2014 by Jody Guerrieri

hospital readmissions

Lack of proper after care from a recent bout of illness is one of the chief causes to blame for senior readmissions to hospitals. To prevent that, seniors need someone dedicated enough to take regular care of them, not only during discharge, but also at home and through the recovery process, which could last weeks at a stretch.[read more]

A Meeting of Minds on the Value of Healthcare IT

February 22, 2014 by Caroline Popper, M.D., M.P.H.

HIMSS 2014 / shutterstock

Some healthcare improvements are technology-intensive, be they a new drug or diagnostic device development, or health service management tool. But sometimes a nagging problem begs for a solution that’s inexpensive and relatively low-tech.[read more]

Sedentary Older Women Face Greater Risk of Premature Death

January 26, 2014 by Liz Seegert
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Active older woman

For older women, staying active can be challenging, particularly during the winter. But getting up and moving around for even 10 minutes at a time, several times a day, has a positive effect on all-cause mortality, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.[read more]