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Beryl Institute Patient Experience 2015 Conference Logo
15 Apr

I was fortunate to be among the 800 attendees at the Beryl Institute’s 2015 Patient Experience Conference in Dallas.  It was inspiring to hear first-hand accounts of many dedicated and passionate people who are making a difference in the lives of their patients.

Does your current supplier have a proven Plan B?
13 Apr

Recently I was preparing to travel to Florida for a VIBM (“very important” business meeting) when all of a sudden a huge snow storm hit Pennsylvania, resulting in the cancellation of all flights. Upon learning my original flight was cancelled due to the pending major Nor’easter, I normally would go into panic mode, but fortunately for me I had a Plan B – a relationship with a trusted travel agent.

The new care team: Physician assistants and nurse practitioners
08 Apr

On your next doctor visit you may see less of your physician and more of other familiar faces. Over the next decade, health officials are projecting a shortage of health care professionals, specifically physicians, brought about by health reform and an aging baby boomer generation. A 2015 study conducted for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that the U.S. will be short some 46,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025. With the looming physician shortage, there is growing demand for physician assistants and nurse practitioners to fill the void.  

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.

Should fast-food restaurants be banned from hospitals?
30 Mar

Fast-food has been a controversial topic in the US for many years now – from how it contributes to childhood obesity to the various health effects it has on the body (who can forget Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me?) to the use of harmful substances and chemicals like “pink slime” or aspartame. With all of the controversy and health concerns, one would think the last place you’d find a fast-food restaurant would be in a hospital. Guess again!

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.

Leadership evolution: A nurse-led hospital
23 Mar

Everyone is used to the term physician-led hospital, but is the ever changing face of healthcare trending towards a nurse-led hospital?

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.

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