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Opinions, Regulatory

Shift From Obamacare To Medicare Advantage Boosts Anthem Profits

April 25, 2018

Via: Forbes

Anthem is beginning to benefit financially from its decision to exit certain individual markets under the Affordable Care Act as the insurer focuses more on its growing Medicare Advantage business. Under chief executive Gail Boudreaux, the company plans to invest […]


Data Privacy, Information Management, Opinions

How Blockchain Will Transform the Healthcare Industry

April 24, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

While blockchain technology was initially developed to support the exchange of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, its decentralized, distributed ledger of digital events also offers many appealing possibilities to the healthcare industry. A recent report by Deloitte notes that blockchain has significant […]


Opinions

9 reasons why providers need a clinical surveillance program

April 24, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

While continuous clinical surveillance of patients in the intensive care unit is common, there is a good argument for extending continuous monitoring of patients in units such as med-surg, critical care, step-down and telemetry, according to Bernoulli Health, vendor of […]


Opinions

Reduce waste in your facility: Precision medicine & other tactics

April 20, 2018

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

No matter how hard you try to eliminate it, waste is an almost inevitable part of running a hospital. But one way to continue reducing waste and ineffective treatments is by using precision medicine. Precision medicine has generally been used […]


Opinions

Surprisingly, opioids may increase risk of chronic pain

April 19, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

After surgery, opioids — such as morphine — are routinely used to manage pain. However, according to a new study, the drugs could actually raise the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain. Opioids are big news. The “opioid epidemic” in the […]


Opinions

Organ donations from overdose deaths could alleviate crisis

April 17, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

Around 20 people in need of an organ transplant die every day while waiting for a match. We need better solutions, but organ transplants come riddled with risks. Can donations from those who died of an overdose provide a partial […]


Opinions

World’s thinnest material may prevent implant infection

April 17, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

At just one atom thick, graphene is the thinnest material known to man. Due to its high conductibility, graphene could be used in various electronic devices such as phone screens and chargers. New research adds to the list of uses […]


Opinions

A Pill To Treat Cancer And Heart Disease (Miracle Cure Or Media Hype?)

April 16, 2018

Via: Forbes

In a recent New York Times article, physician-author Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote about a clinical trial that he characterized as “beautiful,” for potentially illuminating a surprising connection between heart disease and cancer. Mukherjee is a justifiably acclaimed writer, who publishes regularly […]


Opinions

Digital Addiction: A Recipe For Isolation, Depression And Anxiety

April 13, 2018

Via: Forbes

Smartphones have clearly become an indispensable part of our lives and society, keeping us connected and aware of minute-to-minute breaking news, weather systems, even changes in marital status of pop icons and celebrities Part of this “convenience” in allowing us […]


Opinions

Validating the Diagnosis of Depression

April 10, 2018

Via: The Medical News

In your talk at Pittcon 2018, you mentioned that depression is difficult to diagnose. Please can you outline the current issues with the serotonin hypothesis for diagnosing depression? It’s very difficult to diagnose depression. To explain this, I like to […]


Opinions

Physical fitness helps reduce genetic risk of heart disease, study finds

April 9, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Keeping fit, even if you’re born with a high genetic risk for heart disease, still works to keep your heart healthy, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In one of the largest […]


Opinions

Colleges Must Do More To Address The Opioid Epidemic

April 6, 2018

Via: Forbes

Over spring break my 12-year-old son Leo pushed me to take him on Los Angeles’ longest bike trail: the San Gabriel River Bikeway in East L.A., which runs for nearly 40 miles from the mountains to the Pacific in Seal […]


Opinions

How will Amazon’s healthcare ventures affect you? 5 possibilities

April 6, 2018

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

Amazon’s moves into the healthcare sector made waves in 2018, and there’s no telling what the company will do next or how it may shape the market. Being prepared for some major changes down the line can keep your hospital […]


Opinions

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6 billion a year for care

April 5, 2018

Via: CNBC

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children. The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation […]


Innovation, Opinions, Patient Experience

Best practices to care for patients with limited English proficiency

April 5, 2018

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

Communicating the ins and outs of healthcare and treatment to patients is hard enough without a language barrier. While complex medical jargon may sound like another language to many patients, even relatively simple conversations may be difficult when patients have […]