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2015 Trends for Rural Hospitals and Rural Healthcare

August 18, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

According to the NC Rural Health Research Program there have been 56 rural hospital closures since 2010. The reasons behind the closures may vary but the message rings true, rural hospitals are struggling and something needs to be done. From difficulties implanting new HER systems to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. We’ve selected 4 trends that we’ve seen buzzing in the rural healthcare sector this year and that have been helping rural hospitals make the changes they need to succeed.[read more]

The 5 Biggest Challenges Healthcare Leaders are Facing in 2015

August 5, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

2015 Healthcare Challenges

2015 has been a big year of change for many healthcare systems. With this change, healthcare leaders have been faced with many challenges, including complying with new federal regulations and making strategic moves towards better care. We've compiled a list of the five biggest challenges healthcare leaders have been facing this year.[read more]

Expanding Medicaid benefits for improved behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment

August 4, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Cynthia Telles is the director of the Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at UCLA, she is also an associate clinical professor at the university. She provides training and hosts comprehensive mental-health services to the community. Cynthia Telles has also been on the board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans for over 10+ years.[read more]

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5 Tips for Managing Technology in Healthcare

July 13, 2015 by Jessica Oaks
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Technology in healthcare, or the digitization of healthcare, is a reality and one that is arguably streamlining things like patient intake, record sharing, patient tracking and treatment.[read more]

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A Healthier Conversation

June 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

Lawsuits can stem from poor doctor-patient communication. So how will EHRs change the equation--for better or worse?[read more]

Disruptions on the Yellow Brick Road II

June 5, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Disruptors and “creative” destroyers blew through American health care like EF5 tornadoes blow through the prairies, starting about a decade ago. Electronic health records are the Winged Monkeys of Medicine. They’ve taken the stuffing out of physicians, dented trust patients had in providers and hijacked the pleasures of caregiving.[read more]

Interview With Giovanna Marsico, on Patients and Digital Tools #doctors20

May 26, 2015 by Denise Silber

Giovanna Marsico, founder of CancerContribution has been one of the early supporters of Doctors 2.0 & You. She will return to speak about Patient Advocacy and the Use of Social Media on June 4th in a Giovanna Marsicosession with panelists from Europe, the US, and Africa. Denise Silber interviewed Giovanna prior to the event.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic
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We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

EHR Interoperability: Let's Stop Beating a Dead Drum

April 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

For the past many years, I’ve been strongly advocating that the best model for electronic health record interoperability is one that is cloud-based and puts the patient/citizen at the center. Having just returned from HIMSS, I must again conclude that the only model that makes sense is exactly what I have been proposing.[read more]

Is "Convincing" People to Use Health Apps the Right Approach to Patient Engagement?

April 10, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Patient engagement

In a recent announcement, the Robert Wood John Foundation announced a $468,000 grant to the Center for Connected Health to develop an “engagement engine” to “convince” consumers to use health and activity trackers and other health apps. Let’s consider the issues of relevance and usefulness here.[read more]

Patient Engagement: Overused Sound Bite or Transformative Opportunity?

April 6, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

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Criteria for Stage 3 of meaningful use of EHRs were released recently and there is lots of controversy, as would have been predicted. One set of recommendations that is raising eyebrows is around patient engagement. The recommendations include three measures of engagement.[read more]

Engagement: Finding the Healthy Mix

March 31, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

engaging online

Is it better to connect online, or face to face? This modern question of how to engage has become a hot topic in fields ranging from business to education. But major shake-ups in health care delivery make it an important consideration for medical professionals as well.[read more]