Taking Patient Care Outside the Exam Room with Technology

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by Scott Zimmerman February 2013 – Nothing can replace quality, personal interactions with your doctor. But technology can make delivering this personal attention, virtually 24/7, as easy as writing a prescription. Physicians are now utilizing engagement communications (education, support and encouragement delivered via technology) to help patients better manage their health. Web-based educational campaigns as… Read more »

Engagement Doesn’t Have to Be So Elusive; Employers Can Lead the Way

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by Frank Hone December 2012 – In recent years the American consumer has become a much more active participant in her own health and well-being. She’s generally better focused on nutrition and exercise and is more knowledgeable, proactive and aware of prevention and treatment options. But even as she has taken on more personal responsibility,… Read more »

The Coming Tsunami in Healthcare

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By David Winn, M.D., FAAFP November 2012 – EDITOR’S NOTE: In light of the recent presidential election results, we are re-running David Winn’s article from the eve of the 2010 mid-term elections. Much has happened since then, and much remains the same. Some of Dr. Winn’s opinions are as equally deserving of discussion now as… Read more »

Low Hanging Fruit

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by Jim Gibson October 2012 – There’s nothing like an industry in utter turmoil to create opportunities for entrepreneurs. Turmoil doesn’t adequately describe health IT today and, as we read every day in the trade press and blogs, many health IT companies are doing quite well. Some even have the enviable challenge of managing hyper-growth…. Read more »

Maybe the Elephants Really Can Dance!

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by David A. Jones, Jr. September 2012 – When the 900-page-plus Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in March 2010, my first reaction was simple relief that the exhausting, incoherent, multi-year political spectacle had finally ended. My second was that implementation of this committee-bred camel, representing the largest health system overhaul since the 1960s, would… Read more »

So, How Did You Sleep Last Night?

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by Kym S. Wambold July 2012 – I just returned from my third healthcare conference in 12 months and must admit I am increasingly surprised by the lack of discussion around “Sleep Health” in general and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in particular. I recognize that managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and… Read more »

Doctor Who?

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How younger generations are questioning their doctors’ authority by Alexandra Drane June 2012 -Every generation has its legacy – whether it’s toppling dictators, championing civil rights, or changing attitudes around sex, drugs, and rock & roll. These formative events tend to imprint a person’s attitudes for life – thus shaping generational profiles. Consumer advertising, of… Read more »

A Plea to All Men

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Author’s Note: Although this article deals with healthcare, it’s a departure from our usual presentation. Rather than a healthcare or health IT topic that is, in essence, a business issue, this month it’s personal. The story is mine, and I debated whether to write it. But if it moves just one reader to action, I’ve… Read more »

Collaborative Workflows: An Economic Imperative for Thriving in an Era of Payment Reform

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by Mark Blatt, M.D. April 2012 – The simple truth about healthcare in the US is that the product the industry offers is too expensive for anyone to actually afford. Healthcare has been unaffordable for individuals for a long time. More recently, healthcare costs are threatening to bankrupt not only large self-funded corporations, but also… Read more »