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Healthcare advertisers find new ways to connect with patients |
Modern Healthcare

Healthcare advertisers find new ways to connect with patients | <br/>Modern Healthcare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
It isn't often someone can enter an OR and watch doctors perform surgery. But Memorial Health Care System has allowed the public to do just that—through the Web.
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Showing the actual operation...?...I guess it tells the best "behind the scenes" and "underneath the skin" story possible for a hospital.  (Except for TV dramas)

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For one-third of U.S. adults, the internet is a diagnostic tool | Pew Internet & American Life Project

For one-third of U.S. adults, the internet is a diagnostic tool | Pew Internet & American Life Project | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
For one-third of U.S. adults, the internet is a diagnostic tool | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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If you are going to engage a patient then meet that patient at the intersection of available information and your opinion of the "correct" information.

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Big data is healthcare's biggest threat – and also its likely savior

Big data is healthcare's biggest threat – and also its likely savior | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The one-two punch of new regulations and requirements to store vast new amounts of data are squeezing the healthcare industry. But a few crucial signs suggest the prognosis for achieving better yet cheaper care is good.
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It all depends on the user interface.  If the doctors don't find the software intuitive, then the most brilliant system will fail.  How many IT people are deeply involved with UX? I've heard the doctors frustration.  Do IT people gather user stories during design and before implementation? They should!

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ObamaCare’s Silver Lining

ObamaCare’s Silver Lining | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Most agree that big changes are coming to your health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “ObamaCare.” But the best,
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Soon, a large group of Americans will be spending a lot more of their own money, in the form of higher deductibles, before their insurance kicks in. And incidently, those consumers, spending their own money, will demand pricing transparency from providers and begin to create a cash marketplace for health care services

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Wrinkle in Health Law Vexes Lawmakers’ Aides

Wrinkle in Health Law Vexes Lawmakers’ Aides | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Thousands of Congressional staff members are required to get health insurance through new exchanges, with no obvious way for the government to keep paying its share of the premiums.
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Sleeping time bomb embedded in the Health Care Act by Republicans rears it's head: Federal Employees will have to pay for ALL of their insurance.  Oh PuhLeeease! Some smart cookie was looking ahead to the day when the administration would be forced to exempt Federal Employees from "the law."  Nasty politics.

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Category leadership and health literacy: using visual storytelling to inform and motivate your patients

Category leadership and health literacy: using visual storytelling to inform and motivate your patients | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Cadient Group
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In addition to choosing the medical concepts that are vital, I feel we should also choose the emotion we want associated with that vital concept.  Choosing the desired emotion informs everything we decide after that.  Emotion is the central outcome of good storytelling and the central force behind all behavior (action and inaction).  People understand the number of calories they should consume but that doesn't mean they "feel like" dieting.

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Community Health Centers Will Explain Obamacare to Much of Public

Community Health Centers Will Explain Obamacare to Much of Public | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Nonprofit clinics and local advocates will be on the front lines of explaining Obamacare to low-income populations.
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It will be the Community Clinics that tell the story of Obamacare to low income families.

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Truth Is Stranger Than (Non-)Fiction: Gladwell, Hookups, And The Dangerous Allure of Narrative

Truth Is Stranger Than (Non-)Fiction: Gladwell, Hookups, And The Dangerous Allure of Narrative | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The fact that talented writers can abstract a captivating story from this experience shouldn’t mislead us into believing we can play the process forward, and apply these elegiac, sanitized lessons to the blessed, inharmonious complexities of our...
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A vital responsibility for all storytellers! True, not truth-y

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What Community Health Centers Mean to Americans and How they Manage Chronic Diseases

What Community Health Centers Mean to Americans and How they Manage Chronic Diseases | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Considering that 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases, we commissioned a survey to get a better understanding of why these preventable illnesses continue to compromise America's health and wallet.
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Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction

Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — For years, the check-in process in the urgent care center of this city's large, downtown hospital was reminiscent of a visit to the DMV. The ailing and sick walked in, pulled a number, took a seat and waited to be called.
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One thing everyone should agree on is that gathering patient satisfaction stories and measures is a step in the right direction for every healthcare provider

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Obama’s last campaign: Inside the White House plan to sell Obamacare

Obama’s last campaign: Inside the White House plan to sell Obamacare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
The Obama administration's strategy to make its signature health-reform law work -- and the many, many obstacles that stand in their ways.
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"But the experience in Massachusetts, which structured its overhaul in a similar way, suggests few will choose to pay the penalty. There, rates of uninsurance for young adults have fallen to the low single digits. “The idea of paying a penalty and getting nothing is more distasteful than paying more to get insurance,” said Gary Claxton, director of the Health Care Marketplace project at the Kaiser Family Foundation."


Nice to hear young people are buying health insurance! The rest of this article is a great summary of current status on the reform movement.

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Doctors selling their practices

Doctors selling their practices | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
As their business costs rise and reimbursements shrink, doctors who own private practices are looking for a way out. They're selling them to hospitals.
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Is this the end of the world or the beginning of real efficiencies? Hard to say.

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Calif. hospital prices drop as CalPERS caps coverage for new knees, hips |
Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare

Calif. hospital prices drop as CalPERS caps coverage for new knees, hips | <br/>Vital Signs | The healthcare business blog from Modern Healthcare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Joint replacement prices at the most costly California hospitals plunged by one-third after the state required its workers and retirees to pay out of pocket all costs above a “reference price” of $30,000 for orthopedic surgery, a new study said.The...
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Sunday NYTimes published the prices of USA vs Belgium's joint replacement as 65,000 vs 13,660  -including the hip joint doctor's fees, operating room and hospital costs PLUS airfare!


“I don't think hospitals are afraid of insurance companies,” he said in an interview. “I don't think hospitals are afraid of employers. I think hospitals are afraid of consumers. If consumers care about price, hospitals care about price. If consumers care about quality, hospitals care about quality.”


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Insurers see profits swell, prospects good for 2014 |
Modern Healthcare

Insurers see profits swell, prospects good for 2014 | <br/>Modern Healthcare | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Insurers see profits swell, prospects good for 2014 |
Modern Healthcare
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All five insurers saw their net income rise in the second quarter, compared with the prior-year period. 

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Colorado Presses for Uninsured to Enroll

Colorado Presses for Uninsured to Enroll | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Colorado is embracing the health care overhaul, with a vast marketing push to educate residents about it.
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Getting people to participate in the system has a double benefit.  We have created a dialogue in America re-examining our relationship to health and disease. As well as implemening a more just system for re-distributing the cost of disease.

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VA Mobile Health Begins Family Caregiver and Veteran Appointment Request Pilots | VA Mobile Health

VA Mobile Health Begins Family Caregiver and Veteran Appointment Request Pilots | VA Mobile Health | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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The VA is a good resource for new ideas of personalized healthcare apps because they have been doing "nationalized medicine" for a long, long, time.

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A 21st century house call - The Boston Globe

A 21st century house call - The Boston Globe | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Doctors don’t just tell patients to keep an eye on their health stats at home. Physicians increasingly want access to those at-home measurements in the hope that regular data flow will keep patients healthier for longer and reduce health care costs.
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“That little machine is my accountability,” Rice said. She takes her measurements daily to monitor chronic hypertension. The moment she sees her reading flash on the monitor, it’s being transmitted wirelessly into her medical records at the hospital. She can then track her progress on her computer. “Seeing when it’s high makes me want to bring it back to where it should be — thinking, ‘Oh, man, I must have screwed up some place.’ ”

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Is Apple Moving Into Digital Health?

Is Apple Moving Into Digital Health? | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
In a space crowded with start-ups, it appears the technology giant's entry into the health tech market is only a matter of time.
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Personal devices that monitor your health in real time.  It doesn't get any more "local" than this.

"Opportunities for Apple are wide open. Krasner expects Apple will tackle sensor technologies and remote patient monitoring, wearable devices (beginning with the iWatch), and potentially also weight management later down the line."

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New approaches to online video at the Wall Street Journal | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

New approaches to online video at the Wall Street Journal | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Lessons in first-person interactive video from the WSJ
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FANTASTIC video storytelling! WSJ creates a multilayer video to share their view of "Obamacare." (links are that great, but hey)

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Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread?

Atul Gawande: How Do Good Ideas Spread? | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we want frictionless, “turnkey” solutions to the major difficulties of the world. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions.
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So important to changing health behaviors!

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Change the conversation in healthcare PR - PMLiVE

Change the conversation in healthcare PR - PMLiVE | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
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Sharing a post, commenting on it, posting it on FB or Pintrest...good measures of success!

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Health Care Organizations Turn to Pinterest To Connect With Community, Boost Brand - iHealthBeat

Health Care Organizations Turn to Pinterest To Connect With Community, Boost Brand - iHealthBeat | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media sites.
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Maybe it isn't great for reaching people in poverty, but nothing reaches everyone.  We have to use every channel we can find to engage patients in their own health.

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Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online; creates bidding war

Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online;  creates bidding war | All healthcare is local | Scoop.it
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City surgery center is offering a new kind of price transparency, posting guaranteed all-inclusive surgery prices online. The move is revolutionizing medical billing in ...
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Price transparency, finally! However all is not as it appears because the cheapest don't accept Medicare/Medicaid. Hopefully we will iron out this wrinkle as time goes by.

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Healthcare is Local

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The great newsman Walter Cronkite famously said, “America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” He was half-kidding, at best. Still, he probably wouldn’t
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Great quote.  My friend Betsy (PHD in Community Health) and I ran PhotoStory in Houston's Acres Homes.  It will be a big challenge but the people are ready, willing and capable to take action to make things better.

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