Doctors give electronic health records ‘F’ rating, study says

On a scale that measures the user-friendliness of various everyday technologies, Google, not surprisingly, ranks right at the top. Microwave ovens, aren't far behind, followed by ATMs. Microsoft Excel hovers somewhere near the bottom. And then, well below that, when ranked by physicians, comes electronic medical records, according to a study published online in the

2019-11-15T08:09:54-06:00Tags: |

First sustainability standard for professional services is now a reality

Sustainability differs sector by sector, often requiring companies to self-tailor sustainability recommendations to account for an industry’s specific needs. Until just recently, the professional services industry was no exception. Now, professional service firms can set themselves apart from their competition by achieving certification for their sustainability performance. This past October, I was a speaker at

2019-11-13T18:48:42-06:00Tags: |

Community Health Workers Fill Gaps in Rural Healthcare

Transportation is one of the biggest challenges to rural healthcare. Often, the most remote areas of the country do not have robust public transportation networks; and for those with access to transportation, they might have to travel for hours before reaching high-quality healthcare facilities. Patients managing a variety of health conditions are more likely to

2019-11-12T14:55:45-06:00Tags: |

Any‌ ‌amount‌ ‌of‌ ‌running‌ ‌linked‌ ‌to‌ ‌significantly‌ ‌lower‌ ‌risk‌ ‌of‌ ‌death‌

Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If more people took up running -- and they wouldn't have to run far or fast -- there would likely be substantial

2019-11-11T18:36:47-06:00Tags: |

Lack of cooling threatens public health and food security..

As temperatures hit record highs globally, significant populations are at increasing risk from lack of cooling access threatening a spike in global energy demand and profound climate impacts. This is according to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) research– Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2019. This year’s report finds that the public safety, health,

2019-11-10T07:47:50-06:00Tags: |

When For-Profits Aren’t Doing the Job, Nonprofits Replace Them

When a whole system is experiencing a problem, you often have to step out of the usual solution bank to address it. As we have recently noted, this has led more and more to nonprofits stepping into roles previously held primarily by for-profits when the profit motive is found to be warping the system. For

2019-11-08T08:32:57-06:00Tags: |

FDA Approves Record Number of Generic Drugs, But Do They Help Lower Drug Prices?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a record number of generic drugs to go to market during President Donald Trump’s tenure, but drug pricing experts say it isn’t doing much to lower drug prices for consumers overall. In an interview with Fox Business, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said flooding the

New report examines health and hardship in North Yorkshire

Dr Lincoln Sargeant’s analysis of poverty from a public health perspective argues that despite the changes that have taken place “there is still a striking similarity between poverty in the past and poverty today – they are still largely due to unemployment and low household income.” The 2019 Annual Report is called “Life in times

2019-11-05T07:19:06-06:00Tags: |

Study implicates flavored e-cigs in the teen vaping epidemic

A USC study has found that teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more heavily, implicating flavors in the teen vaping epidemic. The study, published online Oct. 28 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, could bolster calls for federal restrictions on

2019-10-28T18:07:49-06:00Tags: |

A look into the future of general practice

The newly updated Vision for general practice and a sustainable healthcare system (the Vision) aims to demonstrate how well-supported GP teams can deliver sustainable, equitable and high-value healthcare that benefits patients, providers and funders. Building on the 2015 edition, the Vision will form the basis of the college’s advocacy strategy for health system reform and

2019-10-25T08:54:53-06:00Tags: |

4 Principles for Improving Health Care Around the World

Convergent evolution occurs when similar environmental pressures produce similar adaptations in organisms from different evolutionary lineages. For example, the wings of insects, birds, and bats are similar in structure and share the same function — but evolved independently. In the same way, changes occurring among health systems across the world can be viewed through the

2019-10-23T08:03:42-06:00Tags: |

FDA Approves Record Number of Generic Drugs, But Do They Help Lower Drug Prices?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a record number of generic drugs to go to market during President Donald Trump’s tenure, but drug pricing experts say it isn’t doing much to lower drug prices for consumers overall. In an interview with Fox Business, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said flooding the

Going green: Strategies for your hospital

Have you ever thought about making your hospital’s operations more environmentally friendly? Making the effort to “go green” could be very beneficial to your facility. Hospitals as a whole have a fairly significant impact on their surrounding environment, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each day, the nation’s hospitals generate close to

2019-10-22T07:20:19-06:00Tags: |

Your screen time may age you

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it's not shining in your eyes. New research at Oregon State University suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas. The

2019-10-21T09:26:57-06:00Tags: |

Sustainable Halloween treats: Better for the planet and just as sweet

It's a given that Halloween treats are a little scary when it comes to kids' dental health. But they can also be scary from an environmental perspective: Many contain palm oil, which may be produced in a way that causes deforestation and horrifying outcomes for endangered rainforest animals. In September, the Toronto Zoo, the largest in

2019-10-20T17:39:18-06:00Tags: |

Entrepreneur tackles medical device waste

oung entrepreneur Oliver Hunt took home one of the top honours at the Westpac Champion Awards last month, the Christchurch City Council Champion Business for Good Award. His business Medsalv works with hospitals to reduce their environmental impact and costs. Louis Day catches up with the 25-year-old. What is Medsalv? So Medsalv is New Zealand’s

2019-10-15T08:13:39-06:00Tags: |

A Civic Duty To Improve Access To Generic Pharmaceuticals

Introductory note: The origins of Civica Rx were discussed in a previous Health Affairs Blog post, which also addressed whether the then-unnamed company should manufacture or purchase generic drugs. This post focuses on the unique governing role that three philanthropic organizations have as investors and founding board members in this first-of-its-kind venture, which is focused on

“Much of Modern Medicine May Become Infeasible”

The health care market is failing to support new antibiotics used to treat some of the world’s most dangerous, drug-resistant “superbugs,” according to a new analysis by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine infectious disease scientists. In a study published yesterday (October 7, 2019) in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society

2019-10-13T10:06:02-06:00Tags: |

Environmental toxins impair immune system over multiple generations

New research shows that maternal exposure to a common and ubiquitous form of industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring and that this injury is passed along to subsequent generations, weakening the body's defenses against infections such as the influenza virus. The study was led by Paige Lawrence, Ph.D., with the University of

2019-10-10T07:41:59-06:00Tags: |