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Electronic Health Records: A New Frontier for Medical Malpractice?

November 18, 2015 by Mike Stephenson

There is no question that EHRs make data available more quickly, without having to wait for a transcriptionist or other personnel to enter the doctor’s notes into the computer. However, there is also no question that record-related errors, and therefore malpractice lawsuits, involving EHRs are on the rise. In just one year, from 2013 to 2014, the frequency of lawsuits involving EHRs doubled.[read more]

What This Nurse is Thankful For

November 18, 2015 by Michael Jones

Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to reflect on all of the many things for which we are grateful, even when we are at work.Here are a few of my favorite things, as a nurse.[read more]


Easy Giveaways to Grow Mindshare as a Healthcare Provider

November 18, 2015 by Dave Sarro

Hospitals are doing some crazy things to drive patient satisfaction. Since the introduction of hospital amenities, from custom meals and valet parking to loyalty programs and rewards, healthcare institutions have to worry almost as much about doing good business as they do about providing quality care.[read more]

4 Healthcare Trends Set into Motion by the ACA

November 18, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

2015 marks the Affordable Care Act's 5th anniversary. Five years later, the ACA has sparked change in the healthcare ecosystem and is continuing to churn the wheel of change. But what changes should healthcare organizations expect for the future?[read more]

Best Practices for Physician Alignment

November 17, 2015 by James Dias

As health care continues to shift toward an environment where payment is dependent on the patient’s entire episode of care, hospitals and physicians have more motivation to work together. To achieve successful physician alignment with your hospital, it’s important to choose the best fit strategy, create an appealing environment and get your team on board with your goals.[read more]


Theranos for President?

November 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

In an election year, it is normal for hype to overwhelm scrutiny--but not when the subject is health technology. Theranos has risen high on a good story, but we need more than a narrative from the disruptive forces in American medicine.[read more]


Five Factors Improving the State of Mental Health Care

November 17, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Mental illness is a pervasive issue that harshly stigmatizes the millions of Americans who struggle with it every day. However, there are five key drivers of change that are improving or promise to improve the state of mental health care delivery, across the country:[read more]

Radiology as an Enterprise Model for Collaboration

November 17, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Collaboration has become a key component of today’s healthcare system. Department silos are breaking down and fading away, and from the rubble is born multidisciplinary teams with a focus on interoperability across departments.Meaningful Use (MU) has served as a great incentive to make patient information universally available to...[read more]

Value-Based Bundles for Total Joint: The Glass Is More Than Half-Full

November 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Zampino

The bundles are coming! The bundles are coming! While many health systems have been delivering care in value-based bundles for some time, the broad implementation of bundles was made a reality when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced the Comprehensive Care for Total Joint proposal to go into effect in early 2016.[read more]

Gadzooks! There's Gluten in my Cheerios!

November 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Recently, General Mills recalled nearly 2 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios because the boxes were contaminated with wheat. But the FDA's response was a little over the top.[read more]


How Digital Is Transforming Employee Healthcare

November 16, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

Even as employers are shifting healthcare costs back onto employees' shoulders companies are realizing that employee wellbeing can have an impact on the bottom line. While those employees are now responsible for a greater percentage of their medical bills, technological advances are also making it easier for them to not only find and...[read more]

HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

November 16, 2015 by Katie Brant

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a HIPAA fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. We could all use a little refresher from time-to-time.[read more]


The Healthcare Costs Associated with Alcohol Addiction

November 16, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

For most people, alcohol is a social drug – used in moderation. There are even studies that show that light alcohol consumption can have health benefits for certain populations. However, there are those for whom alcohol is an addiction. And it's costly.[read more]

NFL Commissioner Agrees To '60 Minutes' Interview About Concussions

November 16, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

Concussions and the future of the NFL will be front and center this week as litigation moves to oral arguments on why the NFL Concussion Settlement should be reversed, and Will Smith’s new movie 'Concussion' comes out in a month.[read more]

Marty, Bernie, Hillary –Ready to talk health policy?

November 14, 2015 by David E Williams

I decided to reach out to the three Democrats who remain in the race to see if they’ll be willing to speak. I would really like to see a competitive race and am still a little puzzled as to why Martin O’Malley hasn’t gotten more attention. He’s a credible player, if not as colorful as Bernie Sanders or as famous and controversial as Hillary Clinton.[read more]

5 Key Elements of the Peer Review Process

November 13, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Lately we have been talking about the importance of Independent Review Organizations (IROs) and peer reviews in the healthcare ecosystem. Today we continue this discussion and delve deep into the importance of the peer review process. So let’s take a look at the 5 core building blocks of the peer review process.[read more]


When a Health Care Business Model Disruption is Self-Destructive

November 13, 2015 by David Davidovic

Three companies - Valeant, Theranos, & Turing - have recently gained notoriety in the healthcare space. Each openly expressed their desire and plans to disrupt everything based on completely new business models - but is it working?[read more]

COPD in the United States: The Shocking Truth [Infographic]

November 12, 2015 by Kenneth Thorpe

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic respiratory disease also known as the Silent Killer. Read more to increase your awareness on this disease, and share the infographic with family and friends.[read more]

IDoR: Paediatric Imaging a Bright Spot in Advancing Radiology

November 12, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

Timed to coincide with the date of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) has now evolved into an annual event of “action and awareness” organized by the main radiological professional societies.[read more]

Emergency Nurses: An Overabundance of Violence

November 11, 2015 by Annette Hogan

As part of a normal workday, emergency nurses witness the injuries and human suffering that result from violence. But what about when emergency nurses become victims of violence?[read more]


The Future of Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Is Now — Through These 4 Strategies

November 11, 2015 by Judy Wolf

Significant improvements to the way ovarian cancer is screened, diagnosed, and treated are at our fingertips. These four strategies, however, will put them in our palms.[read more]

How Powerful Patients Save the System Money

November 11, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

I recognize that keeping healthcare costs down takes a lot more than just patients being stronger, more knowledgeable self-advocates. But it should not be overlooked.[read more]

How Data Can Help You Get New Patients

November 11, 2015 by Michael Sherman

How do you know if your marketing touch points are working? Having a data strategy in place will help your organization make better and more cost efficient marketing decisions to help get new patients in the door.[read more]

Choosing Your Medical Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

November 10, 2015 by Michael Jones

Obstetrics and Gynecology allows me the opportunity to see women of all ages, each decade with its own set of potential problems. I not only diagnose conditions in my patients, but I medically or surgically treat them and continue to see them throughout their lifetimes.[read more]


How Mobile Technologies Are Changing the Face of Medicine

November 10, 2015 by John Henning

Smartphones and other mobile devices have changed every aspect of the way we live now — including the way we take care of our health.[read more]


Is a Career in Naturopathic Medicine Right for You?

November 10, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

Here’s a fact: naturopathic physicians benefit the lives of their patients, and encourage a healthy lifestyle that’s built on the principal belief that wellness is about more than the body; it’s about the mind and soul too. If you believe in conventional medicine, as well as the healing benefits of alternative medicine, you’re the perfect person to explore this growing field.[read more]


Who is responsible for patient engagement within pharma?

November 10, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

As someone spending a lot of time working with clients on both digital communication and patient engagement, there are often remarkable parallels between the two. Of course, patient engagement is frequently digital, but I’m talking more about the parallels in how pharmaceutical companies structure themselves to deliver in these areas.We...[read more]

How to Prepare for a Second Opinion Doctor Appointment

November 10, 2015 by Joan Justice

Second Opinion Doctor Appointment

A second opinion will help you learn more about your illness and treatment options. But doctor appointments can be scary, overwhelming and intimidating. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your second opinion appointment.[read more]


Strategies for Optimal Hospital Supply Chain Solutions

November 9, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

The demand for healthcare is growing exponentially. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) experts believe that the demand will accelerate through at least 2020. While healthcare providers are facing growing pressure to deliver quality services to their patients, they are facing challenges ensuring they have sufficient...[read more]

Elephants, middlemen, and systems – oh, my!

November 6, 2015 by Casey Quinlan

Profit over patient care seems to matter the most in the U.S. healthcare system.[read more]