Hospital quality metrics, which are available to the public (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare), are used to rank and rate hospitals on various measures. These metrics are meaningful to patients, because they can use the published data to compare hospitals and physicians on their outcomes for specific procedures and services, and are meaningful to health organizations because the better… Read more »
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More than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese, and the rate has been rising for the past 30 years. Obesity leads to millions of premature deaths and widespread health problems. The problem is global, including regions with food shortages, such as Africa. The New England Journal of Medicine recently (June 12, 2017) reported… Read more »
Can Behavioral Economics Improve Health Care? Many researchers think that it can, and are putting their money into attempts to understand how patients and physicians make health care decisions and what techniques can be used to influence those decisions for the better. For example, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invested $2.5 million to test out… Read more »
First, let’s understand what we are talking about when we talk about disparities in health and health care. They’re different. Disparities in health refers to illnesses that one population group has when compared to another. Sickle cell anemia, for example, is thought to be more prevalent among African Americans than Caucasians. Health care disparities refers… Read more »
It seems like everyone’s talking about telemedicine these days. And why not? Technology is taking over many industries and services. Why not medicine? Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services using telecommunications technology. It was developed to help make medical care more accessible, especially to patients living in remote rural areas, and… Read more »
Informed consent is based on the moral and legal principle that you, as the patient, are in control of the decisions you make about your health care and that you have the right to make decisions about medical interventions, such as tests or treatments. If consent is not obtained before a test or procedure, it… Read more »
Many people, when considering a doctor, evaluate whether or not the doctor accepts the insurance the patient has, or perhaps considers his or her credentials, education, certifications, hospital affiliations, convenience of the office, and so on, but a new study, just published in JAMA Internal Medicine (JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):206-213. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7875) suggests there is another… Read more »
In the last few years, millions of health care records have been hacked by cybercriminals, the most recent target (December, 2016) was the lab, Quest Diagnostics, which had 34,000 patient records stolen. Anthem (an insurer) had tens of millions of records stolen from a database that had not been encrypted. Once these records are stolen,… Read more »
No one expected to find in a large national study (JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 21, 2016) that dementia rates are dropping. Dementia involves a decline in memory and other cognitive functions, usually accompanied by a lack of independent function. (Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.) The results are surprising because dementia is… Read more »
At their September 2016 meeting, the United Nations pledged to address the world-wide problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), resulting in infections that are resistant to medication. AMR refers to bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi that develop resistance to medications that previously could cure conditions they cause, such as MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus…. Read more »
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