Healthcare

Physician House Calls

As the song says, “everything old is new again.”  That has been apparent in fashion trends, children’s toys, and food products, but there’s also a bit of nostalgia cropping up in health care.  An aging population, the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, and a consumer culture have helped spur the return of physician house …

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Medical Tourism

Globalization of Health Care & Medical Tourism An awe-inspiring Alaskan cruise, a fun-filled trip to Disney World, or a visit to a foreign hospital for a hip replacement – as the medical tourism industry grows, more and more people’s “vacation” planning will involve hospital stays in far-flung destinations. In 2013, approximately 750,000 Americans traveled abroad …

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Hospital Noise

It is common knowledge that patients need sleep to heal; noise has been shown to cause blood pressure spikes and patient agitation, aggression, and delirium; to adversely affect wound healing and pain management; and to lead to increased patient falls and nursing stress and fatigue – it is literally a patient safety hazard.  More than …

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Hospital CEO Turnover

The rate of turnover at the highest level of hospital administration is, and has historically been, significant, a concern when considering the need for stability and continuity to ensure the success of an organization and that its long-term goals remain on track. Average hospital CEO tenure has decreased from the 10-15 years it typically was …

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Health Technology for the Poor

Although our increasingly digital healthcare culture offers a wide variety of benefits to many patients, one group is being left behind – the poor.  Veenu Aulakh, the executive director of the Center for Care Innovations, a nonprofit in California that works to improve health care for the underserved, notes that new technologies are generally designed …

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