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Happy Birthday Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

On July 30, 2015, Medicare and Medicaid will celebrate their 50th birthday. In August of 2015 Social Security, celebrates its 80th birthday. Amendments to the Social Security Act (Title XIX) that established guaranteed basic health coverage programs for all elderly,...

No Rhyme or Reason

We have read and heard a lot about the disparities in the cost of care from one hospital or clinic to another. We have read and heard a lot of grumbling about the uneven availability of health care services in this country. Many of us have been outraged to learn that...

The Role of Dignity in Health Care

Every patient wants to be treated with dignity.  However, when you are sitting in a doctor’s exam room, holding together a hospital gown that somehow does not want to completely fit around you, or close properly, it is difficult to feel that you have any dignity. ...

Good Medicine: Choosing What to Do and What Not to Do.

The Choosing Wisely® campaign was launched in 2012 by the ABIM Foundation to encourage patients and clinicians to think about the tests and treatment choices they are implementing or requesting, and to avoid those tests that have proven to be overused and...

Leveraging Technology to Improve Health

Providing apropriate health care is a challenge in remote areas of developing and developed nations, where skilled professional health personnel and facilities are limited. However, e-health, with tools to redesign care models around the common needs of discrete...

Hot Trends in Health Care for 2015

MHealth Over 90% of the world’s population has some type of mobile phone, according to reports from the ITU (International Telecommunications Union and PEW research. mHealth will continue to be a major factor in technology and health in 2015, with new apps that...

Sequencing Your Genome: Opportunities and Challenges

Rapid advances in the technologies giving scientists the ability to analyze, understand and identify the unique characteristics in the genome of every human being are now being translated into clinical applications that are actually prolonging the life of many...

What has happened to the Personal Health Record?

By Nancy B. Finn There has been so much discussion online and in the press about electronic health records and physicians sharing EHR data with patients via such tools as OpenNotes and Blue Button, that the personal health record (PHR) has been lost in the dialogue....

Digital Communication and m-Health in Developing Nations

Approximately 98 % of the world’s population are now owners of cellphones, including many adults in remote, hard to reach locations. This proliferation of mobile devices has the potential to improve our ability to diagnose and track disease; to tackle and...

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