Big name hospital chains from the Cleveland Clinic to Mass General are giving concierge medicine a try as they seek new revenue streams amid lower reimbursement and rising competition. Cleveland Clinic Florida recently rolled out a concierge medicine program, hoping to attract 300 patients this year with the promise of longer doctor appointments, increased communication and better care coordination. Other perks include same day/next day appointments and access to specialists both in Florida and at Cleveland Clinic headquarters in Ohio. For $4,000 a year, members get an annual physical exam, electrocardiogram and blood draw. However, the program does not accept insurance, meaning many additional services must be paid for out of pocket. The Florida program reflects a growing trend as hospitals look for new revenue streams to fund operations and special projects in the face of lower reimbursements, smaller inpatient volumes and an increased focus on patient-centric care. In December, … [Read more...] about Hospitals eye concierge medicine to lure patients, boost revenue
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If you’ve ever had trouble digging up info on when you had your last flu vaccine, or lab test results, or you forget the name and dose of the prescription medication you take, soon you’ll have full access to your own health records. With a couple of taps, you’ll be able to pull up the data you need, Apple announced Wednesday.There have been rumors for months, but it’s official now — the company’s iOS 11.3 Health app update, out later this year, will let users access their medical records through a Health Records app on the Apple Watch or iPhone.It will be similar to how you can see your bank records on the go, CNBC reports.Related: Inside Apple's Secret Performance LabApple released the test version of its new product this week, according to the company’s website. About a dozen hospital systems across the U.S. have signed on to collaborate during the beta phase, including Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins … [Read more...] about Pretty Soon, Your Apple Watch Will Be a Portal to Your Medical Records
The next time you head into the doctor’s office with a weird “I have no idea what this could possibly be” health issue, get ready—your M.D. could very well whip out her cell phone, take a photo, and upload it for the world to see.A new smartphone health app called Figure 1 allows doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to snap, upload, and share photos with others. Basically, it’s set up like an Instagram for M.D.s. Users can browse images based on body part (eye, nose, stomach, upper limb, back, etc.), mark photos to review later, and comment on them.The photos, which are as gnarly as you might imagine, are sure to churn most people’s stomachs. But for health care professionals, especially those who are new to their field or in an area with limited support, they could be vital to helping them make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions.RELATED: 7 Things You Should Never Feel Embarrassed About at the Gyno“Medicine is a … [Read more...] about This New Health App Allows Doctors to Post Pics of Patients’ Gross Medical Problems (NSFW)
Editor's Note: This article is part of a 3-part series on doctors. Also check out "The Doctors of War," about what doctors and medics go through to save lives on the battlefields of Iraq, and "The Doctors of Chaos,"about the medical personnel who save lives in Darfur.The patient meets me in his front yard. It is the noon hour, "my best hour," he says, when he has the most strength to converse. He is not as frail looking as I had anticipated. He wears a denim shirt, khakis, and white tennis shoes, with a blue kerchief tied around his neck. Above his gray goatee, below his rheumy green eyes, his cheeks are drawn and sallow -- from jaundice, he would explain later. His full head of meringue hair, parted on the side, has been spared the ravages of the chemotherapy treatments for the cancer that has spread from his colon to his liver, and is now attacking his vertebrae. In obvious pain, he walks me into his house on a leafy cul-de-sac tucked away in Oregon's Willamette … [Read more...] about The Doctors of Mercy
You tell your doctor almost everything about your health habits during your check-ups (or at least you should anyway!), but there’s one crucial point that you and your physician might be might be missing: your OTC pill-popping habits. More than half of all Americans take dietary supplements, but very few discuss them thoroughly with their doctors, according to a recent study published in Patient Education and Counseling. Researchers recorded conversations between 1,479 patients and 102 clinicians and listened for five major talking points: the reason for taking a supplement, how to take it, potential risks, effectiveness, and cost.Nearly a quarter of patients didn’t discuss dietary supplements with their doctors at all. The others didn’t get all of the info they needed; doctors only discussed the effectiveness and potential risks of 20 percent of all the vitamins and minerals brought up throughout the course of the study. That means most patients walked out of their … [Read more...] about Are You Discussing THIS With Your Doctor?
(Natural News) A Massachusetts coalition of doctors and law enforcement is starting a program to encourage physicians to start asking patients whether they own guns.Backers say the program is a public health screening program designed to make sure patients have access to good safety information, similar to asking patients whether they are smokers or have a swimming pool. But gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association have criticized such programs as an infringement of the privacy implied by the Second Amendment, and say it exceeds the bounds of responsible medicine.Patients are not legally required to answer such questions, nor are doctors legally required to ask them.According to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the new program is intended to help cut rates of gun accidents, violence and self-harm.“While the vast majority of gun owners are responsible and deeply committed to gun safety, this remains a public health issue, and conversations between … [Read more...] about Deep state now pressuring doctors into spying on patients who own guns
It is the double-edged sword of the modern era: the mobile technology available to healthcare providers today can help them to swiftly slash through many of their daily tasks, from documentation to direct patient care. For that reason, smartphones now go hand in hand with stethoscopes. But those same devices can also be a source of incessant demands, beeping and buzzing with every update. However, Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., wields that double-edged sword like a medical swashbuckler. As the director of community medicine for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for Texas Children's Hospital in Houston - America's largest children's hospital - Dr. Vartabedian finds technology so critical to successful medicine that he writes a blog about healthcare and digital culture. Where does Dr. Vartabedian see cutting-edge technology trends in his practice? Has technology really made his patients smarter? And how does he manage his patients' expectation of him being available … [Read more...] about Mobile technology: A blessing or a curse for doctors?
firsthand about various conditions, health breakthroughs, treatments, and ways to live a healthier life. We provide the tools to let you take action to control your health in your daily life. But when we write articles, we do so in a general way. We talk about studies, specific cases and treatments, and personal advice that should work for the majority of readers. However, everybody is different and not everybody responds the same way to any one treatment. There are genetic and conditional factors that differentiate an individual’s response, which is why no treatment works 100% of the time. And that is why it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your family doctor. Your family doctor is aware of your genetic history and all the health conditions that are specific to you, meaning they can come up with more specialized treatments when others don’t seem to be working. But that brings up the topic of the disclosure of personal information for better health … [Read more...] about New Health App Blurs the Lines Between Treatment and Privacy
A conversation between former Vice President Joe Biden and Epic CEO Judy Faulkner last month rekindled a long-running debate in the healthcare industry over who really owns patient records. While the methods for creating, gathering and analyzing patient records have certainly changed, the question of how much of that information patients should be able to access remains. Some of the considerations are the same as always: Will patients understand their records and draw the correct conclusions from them? Do patients want to see everything or just a summary? What about accidental privacy violations? Other questions have come about more recently, as providers implement and upgrade their EHRs. How is the patient data synthesized? Will a patient wary of computer viruses follow the email link to their patient portal? What about the bits of data still on paper? Regardless, patient advocates are pushing for more and easier access to medical records, and many in the industry view providing … [Read more...] about Access to patient records held back by cultural and technical issues
While it took a while for science to connect these two particular dots, the link between stress and weight gain is now pretty well established. Researchers now believe that this is due to the effects of a hormone called cortisol, which rises in response to stressful situations and which signals to the body that it needs to store energy as fat, particularly abdominal fat. The theory is that if a person can learn to control or lower their stress levels, they will not only engage in less “comfort eating”, they will also lower levels of this hormone and make it easier for the body to lose weight. This can help them lower the risk of developing diseases like diabetes or high cholesterol. This is where the tree barks come into play. There is a patented blend of extracts from the Houpou Magnolia and the Amu Cork Tree. Both Asian natives that have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, according to Nutra Ingredients USA. … [Read more...] about Introducing Tree Barks for Weight Loss and Stress Control