Veterans Fighting the Healthcare Front

Three million: That's how many U.S. soldiers have been deployed in the foreign wars held in Iraq and Afghanistan. I realized this when I read the news on my Facebook feed and yes, that's a very large number indeed!It doesn't even include the thousands of veterans from past wars, including, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. An article written in the Washington Post says that more than half of these brave soldiers have come home with physical or mental injuries, and the majority of these injured soldiers feel the government is not living up to their healthcare needs. Ouch.Who's Responsible?The Department of Veterans Affairs is the U.S. government agency responsible for the care of returning soldiers. According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of our injured soldiers feel that the care they have received by the Department of Veterans Affairs has been inadequate or poor....more

Healthcare Establishing Customer Security Programs

Consumers really get stiffed when there’s a data breach, having to change their passwords, replace credit cards, and other bothersome tasks, not to mention the grief over stolen personal information.Healthcare organizations (a prime target of cyber criminals for several reasons) need to think beyond the approach of, “Here’s how we’re protecting your data,” and shift their way of thinking to, “We are dead serious about our customers’ security.”...more

We are so proud: He graduated at the bottom of the class.

My cousin will graduate from the nursing program at Ball State University today. Last night I went to the pinning ceremony and was the first to stand in ovation when the audience was invited to acknowledge the accomplishments of the 2008 baccalaureates. I stood because she is one of the dearest people in my life. I stood because she has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, and despite all, she has achieved her dream. I stood because she is graduating with honors at the top of her class....more

Traditional Chinese Medicine and You

“To keep the body in god health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear,” wrote Buddha several centuries ago.Today, many people search out holistic treatment for the same reason. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a total focus on wellness and prevention as well as healthy cures for the entire body. TCM works to optimize health, wellbeing, and sustainability in life....more

With Enrollment Deadline Looming, Sebelius Listens to Bloggers' Healthcare Stories

With the deadline for open enrollment for healthcare coverage looming on March 31, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius took the time today to speak with a small group of bloggers with questions to ask—and compelling stories to tell—about health insurance. ...more
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The Relationship Between Healthcare And Social Media (INFOGRAPHIC)

Social media is increasingly changing the way people see healthcare. The progression of the online interactions between patients and health-related organizations can be seen for quite some time now and actually, this trend is not a bad thing. In fact, if it is done right, these new associations can be highly beneficial for the health care of patients....more

Day 13: Fine, I Guess I'm Addicted to Air

I'm getting increasingly tired of healthcare professionals randomly and trendily demonizing certain drugs or groups of drugs. Which they totally do, just the same as they randomly and trendily push others forward. The addiction and "drug-seeking behavior" buzzwords damage people who could be helped, both by labeling not-so-bad drugs as bad and not-so-good drugs as good. We need more common sense and less knee-jerking here....more

#NaBloPoMo Day 26: New Services

Photo Credit: Lori Steed

Day 23 - I Weep for the Future

One of the best lines from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."See Video HereI worked triage over the last couple of days during my ED shifts.  No where can you see the failure of the health care system, and society in my opinion, so readily as on the Front Line of medicine... the Emergency Department triage room....more

#NaBloPoMo Day 23: The Practice of Medicine (Health Freedom)

For those of you who do not already know, I live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — a place where we have some of the most anti-government minded folks, yet some of the most oppressive legislature. It seriously boggles the mind.I have spent the last couple days investigating the nuances of our laws regarding the practice of medicine (POM) and complimentary alternative modalities and medicine (CAM). It is total bullshit, if I may be so bold. POM in Pennsylvania is defined as follows:...more