Author Archives: Linda Barlow

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How to Help Sick Kids Get Better When Insurance Isn’t Enough

During the month of August, Real World Health Care will take a short break from focusing on medical breakthroughs and the researchers who are shaping the future of medicine. We will instead bring you a special series from our sponsor, the HealthWell Foundation, about what happens when families cannot afford … (read full article)

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Focusing on Recovery, Not Financial Burdens

During the month of August, Real World Health Care will take a short break from focusing on medical breakthroughs and the researchers who are shaping the future of medicine. We will instead bring you a special series from our sponsor, the HealthWell Foundation, about what happens when families cannot afford … (read full article)

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New Series: The Value of Personalized Medicine

For more than two years, the staff of and contributors to www.RealWorldHealthCare.org (RWHC) have been proud to share stories about proven healthcare solutions that lower costs, improve access to care, and lead to better patient outcomes. Starting this Fall, RWHC will embark on a new mission. Each quarter, we will … (read full article)

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HCUP: Potentially Preventable Pediatric Inpatient Stays for Asthma and Diabetes

A statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) addresses one of the key issues in the healthcare industry today: preventing hospitalizations. HCUP examined trends in the rates of potentially preventable pediatric visits for asthma and diabetes, which have increased by 21 percent in recent years after seven … (read full article)

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Retraining Retired Docs to Alleviate Physician Shortage

If the industry estimates are correct, the United States could be facing a shortage of primary care physicians to the tune of 130,000 needed doctors by 2025. But a program developed by a group of physicians, along with University of California San Diego School of Medicine faculty, seeks to address … (read full article)

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Why Is Healthcare Struggling with Patient Engagement?

Banks, airlines and other consumer industries have long since figured out how to engage customers using technology. But not so with healthcare, according to a report from Chilmark Research. The report — based on interviews with healthcare executives, clinicians and technology suppliers — found that basic patient portals tied to … (read full article)

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Speaking with: Ann Romney

Editor’s Note: This week is MS Awareness Week and people everywhere are creating connections stronger than the ones MS destroys. During this special week, take action to help others learn more about MS and what they can do to make a difference. In 1998, Ann Romney, wife of American businessman … (read full article)

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With Great Health Comes Great Responsibility

Accountability. As children, we are taught that our actions have consequences and that we must be responsible for our own behaviors if we are to live as free and independent adults. This simple life lesson has been shaping the healthcare landscape for some time now as hospitals, individual clinicians and … (read full article)

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Need a Doctor? There’s about a Hundred Apps for That

Remember when the only personal device people had to monitor their health was the trusty old bathroom scale, and maybe a blood pressure cuff they could use at their local pharmacy? What a difference a decade makes. An explosion of personal, wearable, or otherwise easily accessible devices and apps used … (read full article)

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A New Year of Healthcare Success Stories

From all of us at RealWorldHealthcare, Happy New Year! As 2015 begins, we continue to monitor the healthcare landscape for insights and real-world examples of what’s working to improve access to healthcare, help patients manage their healthcare costs, and allow for more patient-centered care. Linda Barlow While our focus and … (read full article)