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Improving Patient Engagement through Technology

Posted by Marty Hudson on Sep 21, 2016 8:58:37 AM

Without a doubt, technology has transformed the healthcare industry. From patient portals and electronic health records to mobile applications and wearable devices all designed to improve health, communication, and overall patient experience. Now more than ever, technology is helping patients and providers access medical data quickly and efficiently to enable informed decision making while improving quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness.

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Improving the Patient Experience: Start Where the Patient Starts

Posted by Marty Hudson on Aug 23, 2016 9:50:58 AM

Mutual Trust and Respect

If there were one wish that most healthcare professionals would wish for it just might be an unlimited supply of trust and respect. Patients wish for the same – trust and respect. Mutual trust and respect between healthcare providers and patients form the foundation for exceptional care. However, it’s not just the physician-patient relationship -- mutual trust and respect must exist at every touch point of the patient engagement if the patient experience is to grow stronger. Every touch point from receptionist greeting, to diagnosis, to home-managed treatment; the potential impact on the patient, for better or worse, is real, starting within the very first few seconds the patient makes contact with a healthcare organization.

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LinkedIn Confirms Account Passwords Hacked

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jun 7, 2012 12:16:43 PM

I am just posting up the article from PCWorld about LinkedIn being hacked.  Apparently a file containing some 6.5 million passwords appeared in a Russian online forum.  They say some 200,000 have already been cracked.  The good news is the file supposedly only contains passwords hashed using the SHA-1 algorithm and does not include user names or any other data.  Some bloggers and news reports state you should change all your account passwords that use the same password as your LinkedIn account.  The article also states that owners of compromised accounts will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid and they will receive an email from LinkedIn.  I haven’t received one as of yet. Here’s the article from PCWorld:

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Is Your Axe Sharp?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Oct 4, 2011 11:20:59 AM

"If I were given eight hours to chop down a tree, I would use six hours to sharpen my axe."  - Abraham Lincoln

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Got Stock?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Mar 29, 2011 10:13:31 AM

HCA, which is the largest hospital operator in the US, is no stranger to buyouts. It struck one in the late 1980s and another in 2006. So far, the strategy has generated huge returns for investors. And on March 10th HCA hit the public markets again. In all, the company raised $3.79 billion -- which makes it the biggest private equity IPO ever.

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Are You Adopting 21st Century Customer Service?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Feb 22, 2011 10:25:35 AM

The world of healthcare is changing at a fast pace.  The 21st century patient demands quality, compassionate care.  It’s a different world than it was 15 – 20 years ago and healthcare organizations must adopt to stay competitive.

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Informed Consent; Will it Protect You?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Feb 15, 2011 11:02:44 AM

Below is the introduction to an article from Medscape Business of Medicine. In many malpractice lawsuits the patient claims they were not informed of potential negative outcomes. This goes beyond major procedures. Not obtaining informed consent from patients can oftentimes be a necessary even when it seems like ‘routine’ procedure. Here is the article.

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300 Pounds Just Ain’t What It Used To Be!

Posted by Marty Hudson on Feb 1, 2011 5:29:31 PM

Superbowl week.  My team’s not in it, but I still follow it pretty close because I just like football.  Something interesting I ran across is the number of men on both the Packers and the Steelers that weigh over 300 pounds.  There are 26 players on the two teams that weigh north of 300.  That’s amazing!  There are only 53 players on each team.  That’s nearly 25%! There are another 6 players over 300 on their reserve squads.

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Healthcare Reform; Will They Ever Get it Right?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jan 25, 2011 3:34:39 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as the legislative body's new Republican majority promised.  Every single Republican voted in favor of the bill, which followed hours of debate.  The final vote tally was 245-189, and the only non-voting member was Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who remains in serious condition after being shot in Tucson, Ariz. earlier this month.  The three House Democrats who supported the repeal legislation were Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Mike Ross of Arkansas.  The repeal legislation will still need to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Even then its unlikely Obama will sign.

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When Is Hiding Medical Errors OK?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jan 18, 2011 9:32:14 AM

Interesting article I read this past week on Medscape from WebMD titled “'Some Worms Are Best Left in the Can' -- Should You Hide Medical Errors?”  They posed four questions in Medscape’s ethics survey related to this topic. 

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