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Distress Thermometer by National Comprehensive Cancer Network Panel
06 Apr

In addition to the vital signs of temperature, respiration, heart rate, blood pressure and pain, is it time for health care professionals to recognize emotional distress as a core indicator of a patient's health and well-being?   

Despite the acknowledgment by Oncologists and Administrators of the importance of the psychosocial side of a disease, there has been little effort to modify clinical practice, expand hospital budgets to pay for these ser¬vices, or implement policy changes for third-party coverage of this crit¬ical component of patient care.

Top Healthcare Posts of 2015
01 Apr

Pick up your morning coffee or afternoon tea, kick back and put your feet up, while you get caught up on the top five healthcare posts of 2015.

Fashionpoly™ Scrubs by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
25 Mar

It’s not very often that you hear fashion mentioned in the same sentence as healthcare, but over the past few years’ cutting edge technology has entered the field of healthcare fabrics.  These new fabrics are referred to as smart fabrics and are estimated to be worth over $400 million, with a growth potential of approximately 20 percent per year.

Health Concerns for Americans
18 Mar

When you think of who in America is most concerned about the state of their health the answer is obvious - people with health issues.  Surprisingly however, this is not completely accurate. Nearly 31% of Americans report being very concerned about their health and the broad range issues that impact health, according to NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.*   As the face of healthcare has changed over the last few years, more and more Americans are concerned about what it will mean for them should they become ill.  

Health 2.0: Social media & healthcare
16 Mar

With advancements in technology, it is only natural that the healthcare field would take advantage of the rapid waves of communication. The phenomenon, appropriately called Health 2.0, refers to how user-generated social media platforms, such as blogs, Facebook or Twitter, are being used as a means to promote collaboration between patients and various stakeholders in the healthcare industry.

Apple's Healthkit - Mayo Clinic App
11 Mar

With all of the gizmos and gadgets currently on the market to help you track your health, it was only a matter of time before someone released a comprehensive product to help the healthcare industry improve patient satisfaction – Apple’s Healthkit.

CVS Minute Clinic
04 Mar

Do we want healthcare to be a quick and convenient consumer service, like a 15-minute oil change?  Maybe, maybe not…

Operating out of pharmacies, grocery stores, and "big box" stores, retail health clinics or Convenient Care Clinics (CCC’s) provide care for simple acute conditions, typically delivered by a nurse practitioner. With the role of retail clinics expanding and U.S. health care entering a dynamic period of change, it is important to consider what we know about this emerging healthcare setting.  

The fastest-growing jobs in healthcare
02 Mar

As the healthcare industry grows due to expanded insurance coverage and an aging population, a career in healthcare can promise job security as well as substantial financial compensation. While not all healthcare jobs pay the high salaries of surgeons, many positions make more than $50,000 annually with the opportunity to receive health benefits and the chance of advancement.

Healthcare Innovations
25 Feb

Recently I came across three stories related to the healthcare industry that amazed, disappointed and shocked me.

Healthcare Marketing Trends for 2015
18 Feb

This year consumers are hungry for easy to consume “info-snacks” - delivered to us fast, when and how we want it.  And this doesn’t mean infographics.    According to Smith & Jones Healthcare Marketing, the average person won’t even scroll through an infographic anymore.  Actually, replace “scrolling” with “swiping”.    And make sure the consumer doesn’t have to dig for the information because they won’t.            
 
So, what if you have a lot to share?  Here are some tips from healthcare marketers, Smith & Jones:

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