Tools and Technologies for Patient Empowerment Will Win the Day

February 20th, 2017 – SPECIAL BLOG – While the HIMSS Annual Conference engages much of the health IT community, one must ask whether we are yet translating what have been massive investments in electronic health records, healthcare interoperability, and digital health into a system that is benefiting the health and wellness of patients.  Medical care continues to be the determinant …

It’s Time to End the Needless Suffering Due to Environmental Exposure Impacts on Respiratory Health

February 14, 2017 — Every day in America, asthma sufferers endure 30,000 attacks, that lead to 5,000 emergent care visits, leading to 1,000 inpatient hospital stays, and, sadly, 11 people die of an asthma attack every day.  Add the COPD stats for many of our elderly and the numbers are staggering.  Many flare-ups or attacks are a result of weather …

Winter is Upon Us! – Catch Your DailyBreath!

February 6, 2017 — SPECIAL BLOG — Now that we are well into winter, I want to talk about the weather factors people with respiratory conditions often encounter during this season that impact their health.  Oppressive air pollutants and pervasive pollen are mostly prevalent or most apparent in the summer therefore patients with respiratory issues often don’t think that other weather …

Respiratory Attacks, the Weather and the Environment – We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

January 30th, 2017 – In general, people operate as if we are at the mercy of weather and environmental exposures; that these factors have little if any consequential impact on our health, wellness, and comfort; and, that we don’t have the capacity to prevent the negative health outcomes associated with their causal effects.  This is not true, but we’ve been …

Exposure Health – How do exposures (weather and their environment) impact patient health?

January 23, 2017 — SPECIAL BLOG — Later this week, I head to a conference that will focus on Integrating Environment and Health.  A focus on ‘Environmental’ Health within healthcare has often suffered because of the politically charged atmosphere associated with environmental policy and, more recently, around climate change. Environmental Health does draw the the attention of public health officials because …

Time for a Focus on the 80% Determinants of Health Not Medical Care

January 3, 2017 — Studies indicate that social, environmental and behavioral factors account for about 60 percent of the determinants of health; genetics account for 20 percent. Healthcare (the provision of medical care) makes up the remaining 20 percent, per experts at the Yale School of Medicine. For far too long, our health IT systems have been primarily focused on this determinant of …