Friday, February 5, 2016

National Wear Red Day #GoRedForWomen

Today is National Wear Red Day. Are you wearing red?

Here's some history about this day:

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

Follow tweets about #GoRedForWomen  and let's continue the fight against heart disease in women!

Monday, January 18, 2016

#IMSH2016 CAE Healthcare launches neurosurgery simulator with National Research Council of Canada

2016 is going to be the year of where Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies make a dramatic impact in health care education, training, and delivery.

The term "simulation" is going to be a buzzword as the medical education, graduate education, and continuing education industries converge on the use of these technologies. Simulation used to be CPR dummies designed to teach proper CPR skills and techniques, but then technologies evolved into incorporating team-based simulations around the bedside. Now, VR/AR technologies are not just being used to teach and train. Through simulation, surgeons and other clinicians can play out different surgical scenarios and potential outcomes in order to plan the best treatment plan for patients who require complex surgeries.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

CoC Oncology Medical Home Accreditation Pilot Program

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has an Oncology Medical Home (OMH) Accreditation Pilot Program and plans to pilot this accreditation process in 50 oncology practices beginning in 2016.

What is an Oncology Medical Home (OMH)?
An Oncology Medical Home (OMH) focuses on delivering, ensuring, and measuring quality cancer care and relies on a physician-led, team-based health care model that provides comprehensive and continuous care to cancer patients with a goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. This patient-focused system delivers coordinated and efficient cancer care and is designed to meet the needs of patients, payers, and providers.
What is the goal of the OMH model?
The primary goal of the OMH model is to provide better access to care and to treat patients outside of the acute care hospital setting resulting in improved oncology patient care and outcomes and decreased costs for OMH patients, providers, and practices.
How can an oncology practice participate in this pilot program?
To be considered for the pilot program, review the information on the CoC website here:

Speaking of the CoC, don't miss their updated Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 Edition).

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Through the CoC, your cancer program has access to reporting tools to aid in benchmarking and improving outcomes at your facility as well as educational and training opportunities, development resources, and advocacy.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November is now National Family Caregivers Month

Did you know that President Obama proclaimed November 2015 as National Family Caregivers Month? Pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.

Here are tips from the CDC on how to be a caregiver:
  1. Learn about the person's medical condition or diagnosis. By learning more you will understand your loved one's disease or condition and can be better able to care for them now and plan for the future. Also, set aside some time to acquaint yourself with their doctors, therapists, prescription drugs, and insurance coverage.
  2. Talk about finances and healthcare wishes. Having these conversations can be difficult but can help you carry out your loved one's wishes and take care of their financial affairs should they no longer be able to do these things themselves.
  3. Invite family and close friends to come together and discuss the needed care. If possible, it's helpful to include the person needing care in this meeting. This meeting gives you a chance to explain what they need, plan for care, and ask others for help.
  4. Use community resources. Services such as Meals on Wheels, adult day programs, and respite care may help relieve your workload and increase your free time. Look for caregiver educational programs that will increase your knowledge and confidence.
  5. Take care of yourself. Don't forget your own mental and physical health by putting your loved one's needs first. Nearly half of caregivers have reported that their health has gotten worse due to caregiving. Of those caregivers who say their health has declined, over half report that declining health has made it harder to support their loved one.
Although caregiving can be a challenge, many people who are caregivers report a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and purpose.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Revamped Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

The ONC just released the revamped version of the Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. This is the blueprint to improve the health IT infrastructure that will help transform health care delivery, improve individual and community health, and support a responsive, evolving health IT ecosystem that puts individuals at the center of care.

Looks like we'll be hearing more about shared decision making (SDM), individualizing care plans, greater emphasis around value, and the importance of continuous quality improvement.

If you don't want to read the entire 50-page plan (PDF), then take a look at this one-page summary (PDF).

Monday, April 20, 2015

Facebook Chat tonight: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids discussing the Changing Marijuana Landscape

Don't miss this important event tonight for a live Facebook Chat by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to Help Parents Navigate the Changing Marijuana Landscape.

April 20, from 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EDT

Live Facebook Chat with Heather Senior, LCSW, Partnership Parent Support Network Manager. She will answer your questions to help you better navigate the changing marijuana landscape and have productive conversations with your teens.

To participate, please visit and "Like" the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Facebook page at 8 p.m. EDT this evening. The chat will take place right under the announcement image in the comment thread. Please make sure to refresh your browser throughout the chat to view all comments in real time.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

This is Patient Safety Awareness Week #PSAWunited

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by NPSF. Each year, health care organizations around the globe take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.

The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.” Everyone in the health care process plays a role in delivering safe care and by uniting together and sharing that common goal, we can make a difference in patient safety. From patients to care providers, from the front lines to the executive suite, from the patient and family advocate to the corporate solutions provider — we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm. The underlining focus of this campaign is patient engagement and emphasizes the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families. Enhanced communication begins with an informed and engaged patient and helps to lead to safer care.

Join a Twitter Chat on patient and family engagement this Wednesday, March 11 at 8:30 pm ET
Use #PSAWunited to participate
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