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Call to Action: America's Health Rankings Senior Report

May 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report.[read more]

Patient Care: Better Support Is Better Treatment

May 15, 2015 by Alleli Aspili

For most patients, their initial reaction and attitude sets the tone for their road to wellness. Depending on the severity of an illness, patients often get confused about the proper way of getting better. A visit to the doctor’s office is ideal and beneficial in diagnosing these illnesses and learning how to get better or cope.[read more]

It's Time to Measure Patient Outcomes

April 16, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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With hospitals, we measure death rates for heart attack patients, timeliness of administering antibiotics and the use of medical imaging. While this is critical information, we have no idea if the patient ever felt better or went back to work.[read more]

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Strengthening Global Healthcare Systems Through Public-Private Partnerships

April 8, 2015 by Roland Chalons-Browne

Following the recent financial close of the Bilkent Integrated Healthcare Campus in Ankara – Turkey’s third and largest-ever healthcare public-private partnership (PPP) – it seems a good moment to take stock of the role PPPs are playing in today’s healthcare systems. As such, I would like to share some thoughts on this topic.[read more]

How Ebola Spreads, and the Response from Public Health Officials

April 6, 2015 by Frankie Rendon

Ebola facts

We may not hear much about it in the daily news cycle, but the Ebola epidemic that has plagued Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia certainly isn't over. According to the World Health Organization, more than 20,000 people have been infected. Of those, 10,000 have succumbed to the disease.[read more]

Sovaldi: An Example of Price Discrimination

March 30, 2015 by David E Williams

Price discrimination

The controversy over the pricing of Gilead’s Sovaldi for Hepatitis C is a textbook example of price discrimination in action. Allowing and even encouraging price discrimination is good global health policy. It encourages innovation and lessens global disparities.[read more]

Problem for Women Who Can't Afford Care

March 19, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Childbirth is the leading cause of hospital admission. Almost four million women were admitted to American hospitals to deliver babies in 2010 (latest available data). Good, safe obstetrical care is not precision medicine. The principles of maternity care are straightforward and can be practiced successfully worldwide. Even here.[read more]

Putting a New Spin on Healthcare Culture

March 7, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ
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Culture change is admittedly not an easy or quick event, especially within healthcare. It takes time and commitment, and sometimes a game-altering nudge to the status quo! Changing the narrative and creating a new picture of an ideal healthcare environment is one place to begin.[read more]

What Can We Learn from the UK Health System?

January 22, 2015 by Anne Weiler

We’ve recently been turned on to the Inside Health podcast from the BBC, where topics range from those of national healthcare administration and benefits to specific health issues. Unlike many health publications, Inside Health frequently features patients talking about their experiences with the system.[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]

PFCD to Develop National Blueprint to Tackle Chronic Disease in India

January 3, 2015 by Kenneth Thorpe

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In India, the rapid rise of the impact of chronic diseases has become a serious public health issue. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has taken up the mantle to bring non-communicable diseases to the forefront and identify feasible interventions to tackle the growing disease burden of chronic disease.[read more]

The Ministry of Health in Oman Moves from Analog to Digital Radiography

December 12, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Hamdan Al Nasri, Head of Radiology Services, Ministry of Health, Oman, discusses how the organization has made the switch from analog to digital radiography, and the benefits that it has experienced since the switch has been made.[read more]