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What Healthcare Can Learn from the G20 Summit

November 18, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

At the G20 summit taking place in Australia, the world’s leaders have gathered to discuss some of the most pressing global issues. If the world’s leaders can step away from their national tribes for a few days to tackle the big issues, maybe it’s something we should try on a more regular basis in healthcare?[read more]

Secrets of Population Health Management [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 7, 2014 by Abby Norman

population health management

In the wake of Ebola, healthcare systems worldwide are focusing more than ever on defining – and refining – their population health initiatives. Hospitals that are moving towards population health initiatives now will be far better prepared for the overall shift to accountable care that’s on the horizon.[read more]

Ebola: America Driven by Fear

November 3, 2014 by Lisa Sams, MSN, RCN

Ebola is a nasty disease. But ignorance is worse. If you doubt this statement, take look at film clips from BBC World on the struggle to bring calm, through the use of the evidence, to the many frightened people in West Africa. Why, in America, where we have access to a 24/7 news cycle, has fear taken control of our brains?[read more]

7 Steps to Avoid Another Ebola-Like Pandemic

November 3, 2014 by Abby Norman

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For all the conversations happening about Ebola right now, startlingly few of them are practical. One question that all healthcare systems ought to be asking themselves right now is not only whether they are equipped to treat an Ebola patient, but whether they can afford it.[read more]

The One Way All Hospitals Can Save Lives And Money

November 2, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

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Each year, sepsis kills far more people than AIDS, prostate cancer, and breast cancer combined. The mortality rate for sepsis is approximately 35% — higher in developing countries — with patients who survive often struggling with physical impairment, muscle and nerve damage, cognitive changes and chronic organ failure.[read more]

Human Systems Start with...Humans

November 2, 2014 by Casey Quinlan

WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) invited yours truly to its First Global Experts' Consultation in service of building a WHO framework for patient and family engagement. I'll share is my perspective on the challenges, the opportunities, the pitfalls, and the hopes that - in my view, at least - emerged during those two days of global spitballing.[read more]

Hospital Marketing and Ebola: Communication and Education Needed

October 30, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Ebola: education and communication

Hospitals can use marketing to reassure patients that their doctors and staff have the training needed to deal with Ebola should it cross into the community. This will not only help educate the public about the disease, but also open up a line of communication that will build trust for the healthcare network.[read more]

Why You Should Be More Afraid of the Flu Than Ebola

October 29, 2014 by Brad Wright

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Instead of offering yet another post that says “Stop worrying about Ebola,” I want to write one that reframes the discussion much like the way Amazon.com sells complementary goods: “Customers who bought this item also bought this other item." So: If you’re scared of catching Ebola, you should be even more scared of catching the flu.[read more]

Calling for Responsible Healthcare Journalism

October 27, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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As the Ebola virus lands closer to home, it has been disappointing to watch the hype, inaccuracies and blame circulating in various media. Responsible healthcare journalists, weekend warrior bloggers or persons with a Twitter account might want to take into account that as more is learned, protocols and best practices will, as expected, evolve.[read more]

Ebola: Chronicle of a Debacle Foretold

October 24, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Ebola

Ebola is a harrowing disaster in West Africa, killing thousands and leaving devastated families in its wake. Ebola is a surreal debacle in America. No one should be surprised. Ebola followed the same path in each place—the path of indifference and hubris. No one, except Doctors Without Borders, cared enough. In Africa, Atlanta or Dallas.[read more]

Beyond Ebola: Doximity and Doctors Without Borders Work to Fight Infectious Disease

October 23, 2014 by Doximity Blog

Ebola

Doximity and Doctors Without Borders have begun working to recruit physicians for field operations, starting with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) projects. MSF is able to access advanced search tools on Doximity’s platform of 300,000+ US physicians to find the best candidates to fill their most pressing roles.[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]