Month: February 2020

Patient Engagement Platforms: Building on the right foundation

Day by day the typical healthcare patient is becoming more accustomed to the efficiency they experience in other industries’ self-service tools. They are easily able to schedule most everything with the click of a button be it an oil change, a dinner reservation, or seats to a movie they want to see. Yet there are still solutions in healthcare that don’t offer what would be an expected self-service tool or more commonly they offer it in a way that is inefficient for an organization to use and thus the organization doesn’t use it all. This has caused healthcare organizations to rely on third-party solutions to facilitate their offering. This piece-mealed approach is so common that often times health organizations will have a separate solution for most everything (e.g., patient scheduling software, patient appointment reminders, patient online bill pay, secure patient messaging and patient intake) and at times more than one patient engagement platform for the same feature. Not only does this create a poor patient experience, it also has a negative effect on an organization’s branding and more often than not it results in high licensing fees to maintain the multiple solutions.

Where do we go from here? With healthcare organizations looking at what would be the next step moving forward, many organizations are turning their focus away from singular solutions and instead focusing on patient engagement platforms. The idea is that these platforms can act as a “single pane of glass” for the patient allowing them to find, schedule and access care. Meanwhile, on the backend the platform is consolidating, aggregating and filtering data from multiple systems via different interface types (HL7, API, FHIR). 

Is there a product capable of doing all of that or do I need something custom built? The sad truth is that more often than not there isn’t a one size fits all product that can meet the needs of most healthcare organizations off the shelf. Every organization has its own complexities, workflows and source systems. Should an organization go down the pre-built route, they shouldn’t be looking for a product but rather a platform. The word platform in of itself often implies that it’s not a finished product but rather a foundation with which to develop a product that suits your organization. Third-party patient portals, such as Bridge Patient Portal, often act as a great patient engagement platform or foundation for patient engagement. Their patient engagement platform is able to consolidate data from multiple sources, patient-match and allow for customization as well as the addition of new features. There are also mHealth app platforms that come with a set of pre-built features and allow organizations to drastically reduce their time to market. Similarly, for custom builds, organizations should have the platform concept in mind. Healthcare and technology are ever-changing, as such, solutions must be able to adapt and scale as needed. A custom build that serves the present moment need with no ability to adapt for the future needs is doomed for failure.…

By Dante Filyaw February 20, 2020 Off

Natural Solutions to Decrease Stress

Has stress got a hold on you because of a personal or professional tricky situation? This phenomenon is not inevitable and can be largely treated with appropriate techniques and actions. Before stress triggers health problems or causes conflicts with your loved ones, try to relax and get back on your feet. To help you, here are simple but effective natural anti-stress techniques. These methods all have scientific foundations and are recommended by specialists who have been able to analyze the reasons why stress appears and the best ways to combat it.

Breathe Well to Reduce Stress

When you feel stressed, your respiration gets faster and irregular. To decrease stress, the simplest solution is doing some respiratory exercises. Preferably, go to a quiet place where can breathe fresh air and take some deep breaths. Inhale gently in order to totally fill yours lungs. Then, exhale slowly until you feel your lungs completely empty. On the other hand, you can also practice intermittent breathing, an effective anti-stress technique proposed by the international coach Loris Vitry.

Sleep Well to Decrease Stress

Taking care of your sleep is a key step in reducing your stress. A good night’s sleep helps the mind and body to be more relaxed and dynamic. The problem is that improving your sleep cannot be decreed! To get a good night of deep sleep, you have to look after your diet. Limit the intake of caffeine and theine before going to bed.  And in the evening, do not ignore carbohydrates, preferably low glycemic index, in a balanced meal by taking care to avoid the consumption of red meat. Also remember to take care of your sleep preparation. Avoid screen in bed just before sleeping. Prefer a good book and a calming situation if you want to sleep rapidly and soundly.

Better Organize your Professional to Prevent and Relive Stress

Managing your schedule correctly is a solution to avoid and combat stress. Indeed, letting yourself be overwhelmed and not having a glimpse of your future work inevitably leads to a feeling of worry or anxiety. The solution is simple: organize your schedule as long as you can, plan the meetings with fixed times, etc. Define recurring actions and try to organize them logically. Less surprise means less stress, including more effective crisis management. Nowadays, workplace stress is one to the most common form of stress, it is then important to ensure that your job will not cause you anxiety.…

By Dante Filyaw February 11, 2020 Off

Age Spots And Wrinkles – Can Your Prevent Them?

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Age spots and wrinkles, can they be prevented? When they happen together, it is usually a sign that the skin has aged and been subjected to significant ultraviolet light and other insults over a prolonged period of time.

Age spots are also called sun spots and appropriately so. As with wrinkles, the main cause of sun spots or age spots is the sun’s ultraviolet rays impacting on the skin. Sound familiar? It is. You may remember that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are also a cause of skin cancers. This brings up the point that before one dismisses any skin lesion, it might be best to have a physician take a look. Sun spots or age spots must be distinguished from melanoma.

Sun spots and wrinkles tend to occur where the skin is most exposed. As a result, certain areas of the skin are less likely to exhibit age spots. Some areas where this applies are the soles of  the feet and between the toes. Not only are these areas neglected when it comes to self-examination, but they are hard to visualize. Have a physician check out any skin lesions found in these areas. The same goes for the back which is also difficult to self-exam. Have a buddy help you examine your back.

Age spots are hyper-pigmented patches that grow in response to trauma to a localized area of the skin. The spots are the result of cumulative injury. In a similar fashion, wrinkles are caused by damage to the deep connective tissue scaffolding the underlies the skin. Damaged collagen changes to another form of connective tissue called elastin. As its name applies, elastin tissue has elastic properties which allow the skin to sag.

When it comes to preventing sun spots and wrinkles, the most effective means is to reduce the exposure of the skin to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sun screens work to reduce exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Smoking is another preventable cause of wrinkles.

Many people like to turn back the aging clock on both age spots and wrinkles. Can it be done? Now it can.

Researchers have isolated human biologics health stem cells and used them to treat several common health conditions. Skin aging is a good test for any anti-aging therapy because the effects are visible. As it turned out, human stem cells can reverse and prevent age spots and wrinkles.

Human stem cells are a special type of normal human cells that have the ability to form new adult tissue. This process is called differentiation. When applied to aging skin, human stem cells allow for the formation of younger skin. When this takes place, new cells replace the old cells. Age spots and wrinkles are prevented and reduced.

These special human cells are the result of 21st century technology. Stem cells are safe and easy to use. If you are concerned about aging skin, age spots or wrinkles, you may want to look into stem cell therapy.

By Dante Filyaw February 5, 2020 Off