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Tuesday
Mar282017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: The Healthy Mix

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More than a century ago, a small group of men departed their native land and people in Southern Italy seeking betterment beyond the desperately poor lives they’d led for centuries. Seventeen years after beginning their journey toward the land of opportunity, they reunited with those they had left behind and established the first Italian borough in America—the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. Family-owned shops, bakeries and restaurants began populating the streets—between which, closely clustered homes each maintained personal gardens, livestock and grapevines for winemaking.

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Friday
Jan272017

A Prescription for Happiness: The Importance of Wellness 

Over the years, our understanding of wellness has not been easy to define. Most of it still remains untapped, yet the term is used in everyday language with the belief that everyone knows what it means. The many dimensions of wellness have often been studied in silos, but in reality, so much can be learned from the experiences of others. What would happen if we sat a designer, doctor or a behaviourist in the same room? What would we learn about the importance of wellness?

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Friday
Nov182016

ZIP Code Health and Design: Why Community Provided Health Care Matters

Your zip code is a big prediction of your overall health. Community provided health care like Chicago’s Cook County Central Campus Health Center brings resources to areas in need. Image © Gensler

Your biggest health predictor isn’t your cholesterol level, your blood pressure or your age; it’s your ZIP code. That’s what David B. Nash, M.D., dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, asserted during his presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership. He noted, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code.” As Nash suggests, geography is a big factor impacting an individual’s overall health—from access to healthcare and information to quality of life, and even life expectancy.

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Tuesday
Nov012016

Making the Case for Medical Travel

Medical travel is a growing trend, as increasingly, more people are traveling to seek care.

Anyone who’s ever traveled has likely done so with someone who’s sick. And most of us have traveled when we weren’t in the pink of health. The reality is that every day, millions of people are traveling while sick. But increasingly, many of them are traveling because they are sick and seeking the care they need to get better. Unless we are one of them, we are usually not aware of these medical travelers, their special needs, or the service industry that has grown to meet those needs.

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Thursday
Jul142016

Six Key Drivers Transforming Healthcare Business

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Healthcare expenditures in the U.S. are ballooning, with projections indicating an increase of $3.5 trillion between 2010 and 2040. There are numerous factors spurring such robust growth, yet the two prime factors are a graying population and millions more Americans insured under the Affordable Care Act. At first blush, the future for the health services industry would seem rosy. Yet a closer look reveals that upward sloping expenditures don’t necessarily correlate to increasing revenues. Profitability is still a concern, particularly for hospitals, which are dealing with upticks in labor expenses and the cost of supplies. (In fact, many hospitals are still figuring out how to precisely measure their costs.)

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