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Changing the Narrative of Healthcare Culture

January 28, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

Of all the books on my nightstand, Timothy Wilson’s, Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By, has quickly risen to the top of the stack. An easy-to-read, research supported, “how to” on the tools we can use to craft personal narratives that change behavior is music to an already adopted choir.[read more]

Listen to Your Patient and They Will Tell You the Problem: A True Story

January 27, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Physicians interrupt patients because it doesn’t take them long to "size up" the patient and arrive at a working diagnosis. But my wife’s recent emergency room visit and hospitalization underscores how wrong physicians can be when they interrupt or ignore the patient’s story.[read more]

2015: The Year of Interactive Television for Patients by Patients

January 18, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

interactive TV for patients

At Patient Power, our plan is to stream many of our programs on video live and where patients can ask questions or make comments in text or on their webcam. Leading experts in a condition—whether they be researchers, providers, or experienced patients or care partners—will be in real-time conversation with others in the community.[read more]

Hepatitis C Drug Battle: What's Going On?

January 15, 2015 by David E Williams

The roughly $85,000 price tag for a course of treatment is pretty high, but Sovaldi is not nearly as expensive as some other specialty products that no one makes a big stink about. The real issue here is the large number of potential patients and the overall near term financial impact of Sovaldi on those who are paying the bills.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]

Doctors and Their Patients: Commitments to Caring

January 12, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Contrasts can be startling. The contrasts in physicians’ commitment to patients in our money-soaked system can be particularly stark. Even to those of us inured to unfairness, some contrasts hit full force when you least expect them. So it was as I read an article in the New York Times shortly after reading two posts in The Health Care Blog (THCB).[read more]

Healthcare and Health IT in 2015: Seeking Simplicity

January 8, 2015 by Bill Crounse

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Technology should be making healthcare easier and less expensive, but is it? Healthcare policy should be doing the same. Instead, we seem to be getting ever more complicated rules, regulations and business practices that confound both consumers and providers alike.[read more]

Aging Gracefully, Part 2: Slowing the Aging Process

January 8, 2015 by Stephen Schimpff

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It is never too late to begin a preventive program to slow the aging process. We can slow physical decline with exercise, diet and reducing stress. We can avoid many diseases by not smoking. We can slow cognitive decline with physical activity, intellectual challenges and social engagement.[read more]

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Making a Case for Sustainable Health Care

January 6, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

vulnerability to dengue fever

A new report from the UN University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health points out the potential escalation of Dengue risk due to climate change. The study found that as the world gets warmer, it is getting increasingly friendly for the Aedes mosquitoes to thrive.[read more]

4 Things to Understand About Youth, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice in the US

January 6, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

Justice

As we enter a new year, with a new Congress, it is important as a country that we think about the mental, physical and financial health of our country’s most vulnerable individuals: children. Here are four things to understand about our juvenile justice system, and our children that live within the system.[read more]

Choosing the Right mHealth Tools for the Job

December 23, 2014 by Anne Weiler

John Brownstein

The third day of the M-Health conference coincided with the first day of the Global MHealth Forum, and the keynote presented the most aspirational view of the three conference keynotes. "We need to put the 'public' back into public health," said John Brownstein, a Director at Children's Hospital Boston.[read more]

The Connected Patient Is Here

December 22, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Jen Hyatt

After either a realistic or pessimistic Day 1 keynote, depending on whether you’re a glass half full or half empty kind of person, Day 2 at the MHealth Summit started with a difficult topic but a much more inspiring message, and continued with presentations stressing that patients are already connected and engaged.[read more]