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Reducing Readmissions and Costs for Total Joint Replacement

July 14, 2015 by Anne Weiler

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Last week CMS announced a major new initiative for Total Joint Replacement, aimed at both reducing and reconciling costs. Total joint replacements are predicted to increase at a rate of 30% to 2020. Demographics are the major driver: people are getting joint replacements at a younger age, and may have more than one in their lifetime. Since the demand is increasing, and the costs fluctuate wildly, up to 100% by Medicare’s estimates, the opportunities to look for costs savings and to reward based on outcomes is key.[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]

Sports Medicine Enhancing Care for Amateur and Professional Athletes

July 8, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Anyone who has watched an NFL game has seen the elite athleticism—and its potential for injuries. Our job as Athletic Trainers is to help prevent, evaluate and treat conditions ranging from concussions to soft tissue sprains and strains, fractures/dislocations and internal injuries. We also care for our share of chronic conditions.[read more]

Are Wearables the Future of Clinical Trials?

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

The wearables market will be worth a whopping $12.6 billion by the year 2018, according to Statista. With the FDA now granting approval to wearable devices for use in clinical trials, this begs the question: what potential do wearables have to impact the clinical trial process? While the answer is simple ("profound"), the reality is more complex. Let’s take a closer look.[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]

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How Google is Pushing Healthcare Innovation

May 29, 2015 by Nicola Ziady

Google has an R&D department today that has produced technology that has impacted the lives of many patients. Most recently, the have created a glucose testing contact lens for diabetes patients. The driver-less car has been developed for disabled people and a long line of emerging technology.[read more]

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The Bionic Man Makes History in Mind-Controlled Prosthetics

May 27, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

A new generation of mind-controlled prosthetic technologies for amputees is changing the game. Long term goals are to find more ways for humans to be able to control dexterous robotic devices without any invasive surgeries or implants.[read more]

A New Kind of Stress Test

May 26, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Can physicians improve in their on-time performance? We have seen in recent years that there is a potent force that can influences physician behavior. Reimbursement. If payment is linked to how long you have to wait for us, then our schedules will run like a Swiss chronometer.[read more]

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How Technology Bolsters Patient Care

May 21, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

An ever-faster development cycle in the technology space is transforming every aspect of our lives. The healthcare sector is no exception. Mobile innovations now make it possible for patients to monitor their own vital signs and information like blood sugar levels, access personal medical information from anywhere and participate more fully in their own care with apps and even games designed to promote health.[read more]

The Healthcare Omnichannel Challenge

May 13, 2015 by Christopher Fox

While e-commerce and online banking have given their respective industries a significant omnichannel boost, healthcare, especially on the provider side, has a steep hill to climb in order to deliver an omnichannel patient experience.[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]

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Dying of Embarrassment

May 5, 2015 by Lara Stewart

Every day, people avoid seeking medical care because of embarrassment. And failure to get tested can have repercussions for them and for those around them.[read more]