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The Future of E-Cigarettes in the World of Public Health

July 7, 2015 by Gal Cohen

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The popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow with every passing year. Words like “vape” are now part of our everyday vernacular, and it’s becoming increasingly more common to see people vaping instead of smoking.[read more]

A Tale of Two Gowns: The Patient Experience

July 7, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

Do you know who your patients are? If you haven’t asked, it might be a good idea because they have skills and they are paying attention. Maybe just these few patient engagement/experience tips could be bullet-pointed and handed out at white coat ceremonies, or posted in hospital break rooms across the country.[read more]

Why Doctors Need To Listen To And Understand The Patient’s “Perspectives” – A True Story

July 1, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

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Perhaps the most fundamental principle of “patient-centered care” is for clinicians to understand the patient’s perspective regarding key aspects of a care episode. Here’s a real life example that just happened to my wife and I that should help you understand what the patient’s perspective is…and why it matters.[read more]

Diagnostic Reading #33: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

June 30, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

It is time for another issue of Diagnostic Reading. This week we focus on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, quality in radiology, patient and radiologist interactions, new Joint Commission rules, and Medicare’s slow adoption of telemedicine.[read more]

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Blister Pack Adoption Increases Medication Adherence, Save Lives

June 25, 2015 by Travis McKnight

The U.S. health care industry has a lot of room to improve and billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses. Packaging pharmaceuticals in blister packs can increase patient adherence, and decrease the health care costs related to treatment failure, hospital admissions and wasted medication.[read more]

Summer: The Best Season for Healthcare Marketing

June 23, 2015 by Michael Sherman

Instead of doing what everyone else is doing, why not use these summer months to your advantage? They’re a great way to stand out because there is less noise and traffic online. If you are a healthcare facility, why not put a health spin on trending topics or run a competitive health campaign?[read more]

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Mobile Medicine: Apps To Manage Your Health

June 17, 2015 by Nik Donovic

Apps are changing the way we manage our health. This piece explores a few different apps that may help you live a healthier life.[read more]

5 Ways to Help Boost Your Happiness

June 16, 2015 by Barbara Ficarra

Because we all need reminders and strategies, here are five simple ways you can boost your everyday happiness.[read more]

The Arts Will Save Health Care

June 11, 2015 by Colleen Young

From theatre, to visual arts, music and dance, the arts are a significant bridge between the patient experience and healthcare professionals. The Art Heals Health | Health Heals Art symposium brings together artists, healthcare professionals and patients to celebrate the extraordinary practices at the intersection of the arts and health care.[read more]

Personal or Population Health? Big Data or Small Data?

June 10, 2015 by Anne Weiler

June’s Seattle Health Innovator’s Meetup topic was on Innovations in Population Health Management. Interestingly much of the discussion from panelists circled back to the individual patient. It seems that much of this was because the great promise of big data analytics in healthcare and automation and economies of scale through electronic medical records have not been realized. The audience consisted of entrepreneurs building solutions in this area, and innovative and entrepreneurial people within health systems.[read more]

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Pros, Cons of mHealth Fitness Devices in Health Care

June 9, 2015 by Travis McKnight

Millions of people are using fitness trackers. But are the health benefits worth privacy trade off?[read more]

Frank Discussions About Oral Cancer Therapies

June 8, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Oral cancer therapies seem poised to revolutionize cancer care for many cancer types. More convenient, more effective, and often less toxic. But they are quite expensive—in many cases, more than $100,000 a year per patient. And some experts have been discussing combining two drugs. We must talk more about cost and not just echo the mantra of researchers who are “excited” about trial results.[read more]