Weather Aware->Individual Susceptibility->Personalized Insights->Health Prepared

April 24, 2017 – BLOG – Personalized medicine is all the buzz now as genomics is held out as a magic formula for eradicating disease or treating chronic illness more effectively.  Bending the cost curve may be realized when we eradicate costly types of disease, but in the meantime, personalized health and a focus on social, behavioral, and environmental determinants …

A Season of Respiratory Distress

March 27, 2017 – BLOG – Spring is the season most associated with allergies because many pollen allergens emerge in the spring.  Spring allergy sufferers instinctively know that it’s likely that their predominant pollen allergen is either grasses or trees, because this type of pollen becomes pervasive as grass grows, flowers bloom, and trees bud.  However, few have done the …

An Empowered Patient is an Engaged Patient

March 14, 2017 – Providers often treat patient engagement as only an issue of opening the lines of direct communication with the patient, but what they must consider is what wellness steps or preventative health actions would have the most impact on mitigating the most negative incidences associated with their patients’ illness. In that vein, what data and information would …

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 …