Mar 31, 2017
Physician accessibility and increasing health care costs have long been major pain points within the industry. Patients within rural areas or those that cannot easily get to a doctor are now offered more options than ever before, thanks to technology adoption. With a new health care bill working through the federal government and demand for physicians increasing, telemedicine could be the new normal in the future.
Mar 28, 2017
No one loves to get a vaccine - some have a full phobia of the needles associated with the process. However, getting vaccinated is essential to maintaining herd immunity, covering yourself and protecting those that are most vulnerable to diseases (e.g. elderly and young children). Luckily, new innovations are under way to deliver vaccines in a pain-free way, but it will be some time before the efficacy of these advancements is revealed.
Mar 24, 2017
Daylight Saving Time is generally when people can look forward to longer days, warmer weather and an escape from the dregs of winter. While these factors can certainly have positive impacts on your mental and physical health, how does DST actually impact you?
Mar 20, 2017
For most doctors, writing prescriptions is an everyday part of practicing medicine. Yet as we're seeing more often, thanks to researchers, surveys and other important sources, the use of prescription drugs has become complicated in recent years.
According to figures from the National Institutes of Health, over 2 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids. Additionally, as the NIH added, use of these opioids greatly increases a person's risk of abusing heroin. Understanding the issues surrounding prescriptions is essential for doctors to ensure proper healthcare for every single patient.
Mar 13, 2017
Perhaps unlike any other force in the last 10 to 15 years, technology has had a massive and systemic impact on the healthcare industry. Between advancements in computing technology and groundbreaking research efforts, doctors and other medical professionals can now communicate more effectively, make use of a wider scope of data, interact with patients in more meaningful ways and generally devote more time to actual medicine.
Yet at the same time, there are those that believe this surge of technology has had its share of downsides, and ultimately doctors have become too dependent on this advanced set of tools. The fact of the matter is that the real story is a bit more complicated than either side might admit.
Mar 06, 2017
As part of his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to repeal and overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Originally passed in 2010, the ACA - or Obamacare as it's more commonly known - modified the healthcare industry's standards and helped insure millions of Americans.
Trump's administration has promised to replace the ACA with something more cost effective that would address key complaints about the act, like incentive for buyers or problems with subsidies. No matter where people stand politically, it's important to understand what could happen with the ACA in the coming years.
Mar 01, 2017
The way doctors have visited with patients has always been malleable. Whereas home visits were common up until the mid-1900s, a shift occurred that brought the patient into the physician's office. These days, we're in the midst of another great transition for the practice of medicine: virtual visits.
As you might have guessed, patients and doctors can come together, regardless of where they're located, and use online and video technology to communicate and discuss a person's healthcare goals. But as with any other great leap forward, the move to video visits raises important questions for doctors and patients alike.
Feb 24, 2017
While the origins of artificial intelligence date back a couple of decades, this branch of research has made headway in the last 15 to 20 years. It's hard not to see why professionals and everyday citizens would approach this technology with such eagerness.
By developing machines with intelligence and self-sustaining cognitive functions, humanity is taking steps to improve almost every aspect of daily life. That includes modern healthcare, where the possibility of A.I. is creating a swell of interest.
If fully realized, A.I. could have huge ramifications for the way doctors and other professionals treat patients, run their practices and develop important new medicines and therapies.
Feb 15, 2017
As part of its ongoing efforts in civic outreach, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps track of a weekly FluView report. While the early part of the year is always seen as a point of significance for flu, there was some noteworthy activity in January/February 2017. Specifically, 37 states had already seen several flu-related deaths thus far into the year.
The American Academy of Family Physicians noted that this is especially widespread proliferation in terms of the flu, and thus merits extra attention from physicians.
As the flu continues to spread across the U.S., it is important doctors take steps to better support patients.
Feb 10, 2017
Be it remote visits with patients or online coding and billing systems, advanced technology has drastically improved how doctors operate in modern healthcare. At the same time, these innovations have also complicated the daily routines of most physicians. Case in point: online reviews.