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3 Essentials in Communicating Care

3 Essentials in Communicating Care

With many health systems now adopting telehealth services, aside from proven engagement outcomes, the highest security standards become the minimum requirement.  Technology is used to connect the patients and the healthcare team, to retrieve, store, transfer or share patient data digitally all from a multitude of sources. So physicians need to be confident that the system is secure, and patients should have faith in the system that they are protected. Patient safety is about preve...
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How a Patient Engagement Platform Supports PTSD Treatment

How a Patient Engagement Platform Supports PTSD Treatment

By: Howard Rosen, LifeWIRE CEO      and William D. Harms, LifeWIRE Director of ResearchPost Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is quite unique. It is unique because it isn’t a single defined malady such as a ruptured organ, but instead a combination of symptoms (affectations) uniquely intertwined in each of its victims.  The exact combination for each individual comes from a much larger list of possible symptoms, and each may be manifest in different combination...
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Beyond Rx, What Doctors Say About PTSD

Beyond Rx, What Doctors Say About PTSD

Any traumatic experience from a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events, can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Studies show that suicide risk is higher with those suffering from PTSD, making effective treatment key to management and recovery. According to the Mayo Clinic, the primary treatment for PTSD is psychotherapy, as well as medication. Psychotherapy - or “talk therapy” - in various types can help the individuals...
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Telehealth Check-Up in the Continuum of Care

Telehealth Check-Up in the Continuum of Care

How have information and communication technologies, such as online, digital and mobile devices, figured in the wider spectrum of patient care?  The use of these technologies to access and support health care services, also known interchangeably as telehealth, digital health, or mhealth depending on the device, draws strength from the power of communication and information. These serve patients and clinicians differently but with a unified objective, to provide better and more eff...
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5 Ways a Patient Engagement Platform can Help Avert Opioid Abuse

5 Ways a Patient Engagement Platform can Help Avert Opioid Abuse

Chronic pain management is a public and private health concern with significant increases in the use of opioids for pain relief. Noticeably, as discussed in the daily papers and 24 hours news, there is a corresponding growth in the number of opioids prescribed in the U.S. and the overdose from those drugs.1,2,3 Family physicians, clinicians, clinicians, psychologists, and other care providers play a vital role in balancing patients’ pain management needs with the risk of drug misuse a...
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5 Voices of Reason from Doctors Amid the Opioid Crisis

5 Voices of Reason from Doctors Amid the Opioid Crisis

Epidemic. Crisis. Outbreak. Call it what you want, but the current opioid addiction is the worst in American history. Drug overdoses claim 64,000 lives every year. That is 175 a day! Almost everyone has been affected,  family or friends. There have been arrests - 60 people across five states, including more than 31 physicians, seven pharmacists and eight nurses - and lawsuits against drug distributors, opioid manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies.   The pharmaceutical m...
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Patient Engagement: Saying “YES” to Patient Partnership in Medical Research

Patient Engagement: Saying “YES” to Patient Partnership in Medical Research

(This article is part of the capstone project for an online course in Stanford University MedicineX on Partnering with the Public and Patients in Medical Research. Published with permission.) RT @trishgreenhalgh: Doctor: Don’t confuse your Google search with my 6y at medical school. Patient: Don’t confuse the 1-hour lecture you had on my condition with my 20 years of living with it.1 In this simple tweet I believe Trish Greenhalgh has perfectly summarized the value proposit...
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The Healing

The Healing

“Good day! On a scale of 1 to 5, how are you feeling today? 5=Great; 1=Terrible”(Example of actual interaction being sent vets as part of a messaging intervention PTSD program for veterans)  Providing effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder is a challenge. But not insurmountable. More than just behavioral therapies, other therapies such as crisis prevention and intervention is also part of the treatment continuum. Crisis intervention is among a number of...
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PTSD: When Thoughts Could Kill

PTSD: When Thoughts Could Kill

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) as it is also called, is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or life-changing event, such as  combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault, or miscarriage. It affects about 7.7 million American adults in any given year. In the United States, in 2016 nearly 45,000 people died by suicide (being one every 12 minutes). People who have ex...
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Patient Experience: The Customer Journey in Healthcare

Patient Experience: The Customer Journey in Healthcare

You need a healthcare provider. Full stop. But patient experience is the key to differentiate quality, value and outcomes. When so many healthcare options are available, quality of care becomes the biggest differentiator. If clinicians think and act like they are indispensable, they’re in for a rude awakening. According to Beckers Hospital Review, “healthcare consumers increasingly view their experience with a provider as a key consideration for determining if they'll r...
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