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Healing the Soul of Medicine: The Prescription is an Injection of Humanity

Joseph Marr, MD, is a retired academic physician and pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive. He is the author of the book “Fall From Grace: A Physician’s Retrospective on the Past Fifty Years of Medicine and the Impact of Social Change.” The opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the … (read full article)

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Cultural Competency Key to Positive Health Outcomes

Early in my pharmacy career, a hospital social worker referred to me a deaf patient. He had a reputation for being rude and belligerent to providers. After our first encounter, I was no exception. However, after looking at health care from his perspective – slow communication, unthinking providers, long waits … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month: Sharon Harris Survives Lupus and Pays It Forward

Sharon Harris remembers February of 2002. She remembers where she was, what she was wearing, and what she was feeling. Most of all, she remembers the day she was diagnosed with lupus. May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system is … (read full article)

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KIDS: Providing Children and Families a Voice in Medicine, Research, and Innovation

The active involvement of patients in health care choices, diseases, research, and innovation is an area of recent focus for many public and private entities (e.g., FDA’s Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative).  As an innovative method to engage children, the KIDS (Kids and Families Impacting Disease Through Science) project was launched … (read full article)

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Virtual Health Care: Your Questions Answered by a Telehealth Pioneer

If you follow the latest developments in health care, you may have noticed: telehealth has taken off. Our country is focused on making health care more accessible for Americans, and naturally, telehealth has emerged as a key innovation that can help to make this a reality. It’s an effective way … (read full article)

Categories: Access to Care
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Patient of the Month: Charles Fazio’s recovery from heart bypass surgery, kidney failure, and financial crisis

Patient of the Month is a new regular feature from Real World Health Care to illustrate the challenges and successes of the American health care system through the experiences of inspiring survivors. Charles Fazio wasn’t sure how he could survive another health crisis. Just three years after his four-way heart … (read full article)

Categories: Access to Care, General
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Four benefits of electronic health records

Leaders from industry, academia, and health care discuss the rollout of this technology at The Atlantic’s sixth annual Health Care Forum Today The Atlantic Health Care Forum brought together leading policymakers and industry experts in medicine, public health, and nutrition to have conversations about the state of the nation’s health … (read full article)

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Five Ways to Manage the Costs of Your Medicine

While a main precept of the Affordable Care Act is to expand access to health care, in some cases that improved access means more patients are being treated with medications that come with a cost. As a pharmacist, I have to be an insurance sleuth, use common sense, and teach … (read full article)

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Our Top 4 Most ‘Liked’ Health Care Stories

This week is Real World Health Care’s one-year anniversary. Over the past year, we showcased solutions that are proven to lower costs, increase access, and provide more patient-centered care. In celebration of this milestone, we are sharing the favorite posts as measured by Facebook ‘likes’ from our readers, who have … (read full article)

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Should clinicians replace medication with an ancient spiritual practice?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University sifted through over 18,000 studies on a potential treatment for pain, anxiety and depression, narrowing their meta-analysis to 47 scientifically rigorous clinical trials. The results, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed what many have experienced over thousands of years: while it’s not a … (read full article)

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