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Trouble ahead: Obese, diabetic 50 somethings heading for bleak senior years

May 26, 2016 by David E Williams

It’s not too lateToday’s middle-aged adults (50-64) are much fatter and more likely to have diabetes than their predecessors from 15 years ago. Obesity is up 25 percent, diabetes 55 percent and the percentage reporting being in very good or excellent health declined by 9 percent, according to the latest America’s Health Rankings Senior...[read more]

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Are Melodic Intonation Therapy and Rhythmic Mechanisms Enough to Legitimize Music Therapy?

May 19, 2016 by Andy Heikkila

As time has gone on, both support and skepticism have cropped up in response to the use of music therapy as a treatment. Recent claims have been made across the spectrum, ranging from music therapy’s ability to improve both physiological and psychological functions that help chronically ill patients breathe better, slow down the parasympathetic nervous system to induce relaxation, and even ease pain and stress after surgery--but can music truly be considered a form of medicine?[read more]

Baystate Health’s Regional HIE Invites Outside Providers to Participate to Help Enhance Patient Care

May 19, 2016 by Erica Carnevale

Baystate Health is an integrated delivery network (IDN) that includes five hospitals and more than 90 primary and specialty care practices serving a region of western Massachusetts with 800,000 residents. We know that patients who are coming to our facilities are also visiting other facilities outside of our network. As a result, they might be at risk of receiving duplicate procedures and imaging exams.[read more]

The Silent Epidemic: Nursing and Addiction

May 14, 2016 by Jennifer Landis

One in 10 nurses will struggle with substance addiction in their lifetime. Several factors contribute to the high prevalence of substance abuse among nursing professionals and this post discusses them.[read more]

Medtech is Dead. Long Live Medtech.

May 13, 2016 by Patrick Driscoll

The coming era of development in medical technology may be the most interesting in history. Let’s get to it.[read more]

Lessons on Building a Great Ortho Team from The Avengers

May 12, 2016 by Maeghan Nicholson

Although it may seem crazy, orthopedic teams can actually learn a lot from Marvel’s hit comic book series and movie franchise “The Avengers.” The comic books and movies explore what happens when some of the world’s best superheroes join forces to fight for good. Each Avenger brings something unique to the table in terms of power, skill and expertise, and this is exactly how you should approach the process for building your orthopedic team.[read more]

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How to Better Communicate with Patients

May 10, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

With healthcare undergoing huge changes in the United States, patients and doctors need to communicate with each other more than ever. But studies show that doctors don’t actually listen very well to their patients – or at least that a lot of patients feel that way.[read more]

Patient Centricity – It’s Time for a New Focus

May 9, 2016 by Danyell Jones

Patient Centricity is not just the newest healthcare buzzword, it is an emerging concept that is here to stay! Healthcare is currently making rapid shifts, and one of the most fundamental of these shifts is the shift to what industry professionals are terming “patient centricity.”[read more]

Is Working in Telemedicine a Good Option for You?

May 6, 2016 by Michael Jones

Whether you work as a doctor, nurse, or allied health professional, if you work in the medical field, you know a big part of the job involves interaction with your patients. In some instances, however, that interaction is changing. Welcome to the world of telemedicine and telehealth. Before deciding if working in telemedicine is a good career fit, it’s helpful to understand what it is and how it’s used.[read more]

The Hidden Dangers of Working as a Health Care Professional

May 5, 2016 by Jennifer Landis

Medical personnel face all sorts of occupational hazards that tend to fall under the radar, often hiding from the professionals themselves. Especially if you practice in the health care industry or aspire to a career in the field, it is imperative to acknowledge these dangers so you can strive to avoid them.[read more]

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How to Open a New Urgent Care Center

April 28, 2016 by Jack Roberts

According to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AACUM), the number of urgent care centers in this country has increased 14 percent to 9,300 centers since 2008.[read more]

The Link Between Patient Satisfaction and Long-Lasting Relationships

April 28, 2016 by Practice Builders

The ACA has put patients at the center of healthcare services. A patient-centric healthcare approach in this digital era means a revised definition of quality in the physician-patient relationship.[read more]