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We know divorce negatively affects health. Stress correlates with, or even underlies, many of the top health risks Americans face, from depression to heart disease. Divorce is always stressful, so it is no shocker it can carry significant risk for the health of a couple going through proceedings. Conversely, we also know that divorce is…

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When Henry Ford arranged production of his vehicles on an assembly line, he was laying the foundation for industrial robots to take over the bulk of construction and assembly from humans. It doesn’t matter that such advanced robots didn’t exist when the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing; the important thing is that it standardized the functions…

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Patients looking for a slick way to monitor their blood pressure can now purchase a wireless cuff from Apple stores that’s compatible with iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The FDA approved device, known as QardioArm, has been clinically validated to provide a medically precise reading anytime, anywhere. This smart blood pressure monitor uses a triple…

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As value-based care becomes the primary focus of healthcare organizations, providers now need to broach Population Health Management and to manage it with risk stratification with a delicate balance. It is now important for providers to focus on patients’ individual and distinct health signs and make decisions to take their journey forward to better and…

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Smart baby trackers monitor a baby’s heart rate and oxygen level with the intention to alleviate parental anxiety over the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), or more commonly known as crib death. This is good news for parents whose babies are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases but the products prove to be unnecessary and…

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MACRA Overview The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for setting the physician fee schedule rate changes and consolidates several quality and incentive programs into one.  There are two performance tracks in the program, the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  The Advanced APM track offers…

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With coverage and access being thrown into question–again–by the incoming administration, it is important to not lose sight of the essentials of continuing healthcare’s 21st century migration. There are a lot of details that get magnified by competing interests, but which miss the big picture of how healthcare is evolving, and must continue to evolve…

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Pills and tablets. They’re small, typically round or oval, compressed masses of medicine and there’s a lot of them on the market these days. That said, however, since there’s a finite number of shape and colour combinations several different drug compositions end up looking very similar. In fact, some pills look so alike that even…

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As a rating and reviews website, AmericanEHR is a conduit for all kinds of customer feedback. This feedback, as you might suspect, can be less than flattering at times, and it goes without saying that it’s been a learning curve for vendors to figure out how to deal with the reality of negative commentary. Online…

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CES (formerly known as Consumer Electronic Show) officially kicked off yesterday, January 5th, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. For those not familiar with CES, it has blossomed since it’s inception in 1967 to become one of the largest trade shows held in Las Vegas, hosting more than 170,000 attendees. As far as conferences…

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Advances in technology have fundamentally altered and inarguably improved the way we drive, shop and travel. Just ask anybody who uses Google Maps, Foodler or Uber. Sadly, however, information technology has failed to deliver so far in the most crucial service of all – healthcare.  This is at least partly because electronic health records (EHR)…

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