Rural America does not show up in any atlas but, geographically, it accounts for 80 percent of the United States’ land mass, according to the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. About 62 million people live there, all of whom have the same clinical needs as those who live in big cities. Meeting their needs, however, can be very hard, especially when it comes to high-tech imaging.
Health consumerism is taking the healthcare industry by storm. Unlike in the old days, when patients blindly followed their physicians' recommendations, today's health consumers are much more engaged and empowered. The rules of the game have drastically changed, as patients have placed themselves in the driver's seat.
To better explain how this massive transformation led by health consumerism is revolutionizing the health sector, it is essential to take a close look at the 9 trends that are shaping the industry.
Medicare fraud is a victimless crime, right? Unfortunately, some folks still see things that way. That attitude may account for why Medicare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year. Who says? The FBI! Obviously Medicare fraud isn’t a victimless crime since those Medicare dollars come from taxpayers.
I have worked as an advanced practice provider (APP) in pediatric rheumatology for nearly 16 years. My collaborating physicians have allowed me to function to the full extent of my scope of practice while allowing me to develop professionally within the subspecialty. My latest endeavor has been learning how to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) and incorporating it into my daily practice.
Fear and anxiety are widely regarded as major impediments to patients scheduling surgery. They lead to delays that, in many cases, can exacerbate patients’ problems and negatively impact their quality of life. As surgeons, we can offer our skills and training to help our patients realize life-changing outcomes; but despite all our efforts to make our patients comfortable with surgery, fear and anxiety often dominate our patients’ decisions and prevent them from proceeding with surgery.
The fax machine was initially introduced by Xerox in 1966, revolutionizing everyday communications. By the 1980s, this technology was ubiquitous, a fax machine in offices and homes worldwide. Almost 40 years later, the communications industry has significantly evolved, the fax machine is obsolete and Xerox is a non-player in the communications world. The Xerox example provides an important lesson to the technology industry.
Uniting the Full Continuum of Care for the Individual: Why Digital Technologies Must Embrace Holistic Patient Engagement
More than half of healthcare professionals believe digitization is transforming the healthcare industry. Of adults 55+, 85% believe technology will improve healthcare in the next five years by delivering faster and more accurate diagnoses, curing diseases, and predicting and preventing diseases and conditions before they happen. However, 35% of seniors feel their health plans do not use any technology to improve access, information, or care, and they want more tech-enabled solutions.
Hospitals are now conducting wealth screenings with software that culls public data to see which patients are most likely to donate to the healthcare organization, The New York Times reported. The practice is increasingly common across hospitals, particularly large systems.
A woman in Colorado was left stunned after she found herself with a $5,500 bill from a visit to the University of Colorado (UC) Health Emergency Room in Littleton, according to a report from KMGH-TV.
Orthopedic surgeons who perform joint reconstruction on patients who are obese should develop a plan to accomplish that goal in a way that is safe and successful for patients, according to a presenter who focused his talk on key considerations for performing total knee arthroplasty in this group of patients.