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Brave New World for Amputees

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The twenty-first century has seen groundbreaking improvements in prosthetics for amputees, and developments continue at a rapid rate. The Department of Defense’s Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program has been working with rehabilitation experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The researchers are working to develop a prosthetic arm that not only […]

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From the Healthcare Marketing Trenches

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Promoting healthcare products is always a challenge, and as the market changes and grows, several areas need to be addressed. The top issue concerns making patient engagement strategies a priority for healthcare companies. With a higher emphasis on value-based care, there is no agreed upon vision of what patient engagement looks like. However the patient […]

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What is Health Literacy and Where Can You Get it?

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The Institute of Medicine calls health literacy the “Prescription to End Confusion,” but understanding medical information is not as simple as taking a pill. As the Consumer Health Information Coordinator Michelle Eberle writes, health literacy “requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health […]

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Keeping the Customers Satisfied

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When the Affordable Care Act was passed, the law created something known as the Partnership for Patients. The program is aimed at reducing hospital acquired conditions and readmissions while improving the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients. Hospitals that fail to improve Medicare patient services will receive less money. Private insurers are likely to follow […]

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Can We Teach Compassion?

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When a nurse says “The doctor will see you now,” the doctor might not really be seeing you. According to a 2013 study by Johns Hopkins University, a large majority of young doctors fresh out of medical school failed to use common communication skills with hospitalized patients. More than half of observed internists failed to […]

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Is There a Doctor in the House?

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According to the Health Resources and Services Administration in May 2013, there was a shortfall of primary care physicians totaling 16,000. And that was before the Affordable Care Act was expected to add 30 million additional insured people to the healthcare system in 2014. Many of the newly insured have delayed seeking medical care for […]

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The Proactive Healthcare Future is Here

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Nothing is more important to a person than his or her health, but millions remain uniformed and passive when it comes to healthcare. Passive consumers expect providers to take charge of their health, do not ask questions or provide information, and have complacent, or even fatalistic attitudes about their health options. Yet numerous studies show […]

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EU Pushes to Tighten Medtech Regulations

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In 2011, it was revealed that the French firm Poly Implant Prothèses (PIP) had been using cheap, industrial silicone, not intended for medical purposes, in breast implants for a decade. As the world’s third largest global supplier of breast implants, the scandal affected 100,000 women in Europe and 400,000 women globally. The scandal moved the […]

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What is the Governments Role in Healthcare?

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Regulation plays a major role in the healthcare industry, and healthcare in the United States is filtered through an alphabet soup of government agencies including the HHS, the CDC, the AHRQ, the FDA and the CMS.

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All Digital Generation Reaps Rewards from Medtech

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Technology has been a driving force of change in the field of medicine for decades, and the high-tech transformation will continue to accelerate through the 2010s. Smartphones, tablet computers, mobile health (mHealth) apps, and remote monitoring devices are revolutionizing medicine to the point that Forbes has declared 2013 the “Year of Digital Health.” This trend has […]

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