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SimplySoft tunic by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
12 Aug

Just when we thought there were enough antibiotic-resistant bacteria out there, along comes the new kid on the block -- Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE. This drug-resistant germ is spreading throughout U.S. healthcare facilities, occurring in people receiving significant medical care. CRE is usually transmitted from person-to-person, often on the hands of health care employees*.

Is a scrub vending machine right for your healthcare facility?
05 Aug

“Walking a tightrope” - the term used by a laundry in Ohio describing the pros and cons of scrub vending machines being used to manage scrub loss and control.

While some hospitals are all for the use of scrub vending machines to manage their scrub uniforms, there are even more out there who say the cost is too high. When you factor in the cost of the actual scrub vending machine and weigh it against the actual scrub loss without one, the math speaks for itself.

Scrub repurposing by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
29 Jul

Welcome to Part 2 of the series "How to repurpose scrubs”. In Part one, we showed you how to turn a scrub top into a pint-sized kids skirt. Today we are going to spice things up in the kitchen with a fun bib apron design. Because the fabric used for scrubs wears and washes well, an apron is a great way to give a scrub top a second life! This happens to be a more feminine print, but the style of the garment would work well for anyone.      

Virtual Healthcare Technology
22 Jul

The days of scheduling an appointment and waiting days or even weeks to see a doctor are coming to an end. With the progressive strides being made in healthcare technology, it is only a matter of time before the once considered “science fiction” idea of virtual health care becomes a viable option for the average consumer.

Cutting costs in health care
08 Jul

I don’t know about you but every time I get a raise, the news will rain on my parade with the cost of something going up.  Increasing costs are a fact of life, especially with insurance premiums, deductibles and prescription drugs.

How do you beat the high cost of living?  If I had that answer, I would be living the life of the Fiat commercial, “it’s not the size of your car, but the size of your yacht”. Here are six tips you can use now to save on your health care costs:

How does your state rank overall in terms of long term care?
01 Jul

When the thought of retirement comes to mind, most contemplate if they’ll retire in their current state of residency or move to a more appealing locale. More than likely, that decision is based on where someone’s family is located or what the area has to offer in terms of weather or activities. Before you pack your bags for afternoon tee times in a popular retirement state like Florida, you might want to evaluate the state’s long term care performance.

One year anniversary: It’s time to celebrate and reflect!
17 Jun

Time flies when you're having fun blogging! One year ago today, An Apple A Day officially launched with a post on changing your focus to fit the Affordable Care Act.

Bailey, an AHF Pet Partner, greets an assisted-living resident.  Image from the Animal Health Foundation.
29 May

When you think of the people who care for you during a stay at a hospital it is often doctors and nurses that come to mind. However, there is a different form of comfort that can be given by a unique visitor that you may see walking the halls next time you visit a healthcare facility. Therapy dogs are becoming increasingly popular among acute facilities, nursing homes and hospices. Since the end of World War II, the use of therapy dogs has been considered a value-added approach to improve the spirits of patients and their experience.

Patient apparel by Fashion Seal Healthcare®
27 May

I was recently reading through PatientExperience.com, and I came across two articles highlighting a report developed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) on the patient experience in healthcare. According to PwC – the healthcare consumer’s “personal experience is the number one reason for choosing a doctor or hospital”. It may be intuitive that someone would not make a price decision when their health is at stake, but PwC‘s study indicates that “healthcare is the ONLY industry where patient experience trumps price”.

Healthcare Marketing Trends for 2014
22 May

Smith & Jones published a white paper on Healthcare Marketing’s Top Trends for 2014 related to hospitals and physician practices.  This white paper focused on hospitals and physician practices but many of the points they hit on apply to everyone in the healthcare market place.   

As the American demographic changes from the Baby Boomers to the Millennials, marketing strategies will need to incorporate a blend of traditional advertising and new digital trends to ensure both spectrums of the population are captured.

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