There’s a long-held belief among us long-time health industry analysts that Americans spend more time shopping around for cars and washing machines than for health plans and doctors. Consumer Reports is betting that’s going to change, now that Consumers Union has decided to lend its valuable, trusted brand to developing report cards on physicians, having already rated hospitals and heart surgeons.
This report describes early efforts to use digital technologies—ranging from remote monitoring devices and teleconferencing devices for virtual office visits to data mining tools—to redesign care models around the common needs of discrete patient populations.
Research presented today by neurosurgeon Dr. James R. Doty, M.D., at the inaugural Compassion and Healthcare Conference at Fort Mason shows that health care delivered with kindness not only reduces the duration and severity of the common cold1, but can also lead to improved patient outcomes, including faster healing of wounds2, and a reduction in pain3 and anxiety4...
In some instances, the statistical significance of kindness-oriented care on improved outcomes was “larger than the effect of aspirin on reducing [a heart attack] or smoking on male mortality.”
The research found that kinder care and better information sharing as a result of compassionate practices can lead to a range of improved health outcomes, including:
Faster healing of wounds,reduced pain,reduced anxiety,reduced blood pressure,shorter hospital stays, andeven shorter duration and severity of the common cold.
Via Edwin Rutsch
If you’re a healthcare provider, it’s important to pay attention to how people are using online resources to research and choose their caregivers. It may surprise you to know what a big role social media plays in their decision-making.
What U.S. adults consider when searching for healthcare online:
WebsitesSocial MediaHealth infoDoctor and Hospital recommendationsReviews and Ratings
Digital Healthcare Check-Up from National Research Corporation:
Over the years, Deborah Haber, plagued by a rare and painful medical condition, has discovered a lifeline that's lifted her outlook and improved her health. It combines the best qualities of a mother, best friend, therapist and trusted doctor to help her cope: it's social media.
Ginny Dillon's insight:
A story that highlights the power that the internet and social media has to help patients help themselves. #epatient #hcsm
Dr. Eric Topol wrote what I believe will be the medical book of 2015 -- The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands. Dr. Topol is a leading thinker in healthcare’s age of enlightenment. He does a terrific job of laying out the immense potential of [...]
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