Infection prevention is a casualty of the recession

  U.S. hospital finances are so stretched in the current recession, infection prevention efforts have begun to be curtailed.   32% of health facilities say that reductions in staffing and infection prevention (IP) departments have reduced their capacity to deal with IP in their institutions. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) […]

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Health information is social, and is everywhere

Like the Grateful Dead and global warming, health information is everywhere. The proliferating platforms, online and mobile, and the multiplying volume of content and opinions, drive the very social life of health information. Susannah Fox’s latest research on behalf of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in collaboration with the California HealthCare Foundation, illustrates […]

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Health Care Costs Will Increase at Double-Digit Rates in 2010

Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, believes that health costs are the #1 driver of America’s long-term deficit. The inexorable increase of health costs are plaguing the Federal budget, Governors’ state budgets, employers’ bottom-lines and ability to compete globally, and household budgets. Things are looking up for next year when […]

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The mortality risks of talking on cell-phones and driving = 2,600 deaths a year

Health risks are part of our daily lives. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2002 Annual Report focused on Reducing Risks, Promoting Health Lives. According to WHO, risk is defined as a probability of an adverse health outcome, or a factor that raises this probability. The probability is that more people will die in car accidents […]

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Most health citizens search on illness, but Microsoft finds people are open to tech-enabled health coaching

Health engagement helps to bolster health citizens’ positive health outcomes. Microsoft has released the 2009 Health Engagement Survey, focusing on health plan enrollees’ online behaviors and perceptions of the U.S. health system. Microsoft found that 1 in 2 Americans view the U.S. health system as ‘fragmented,’ which creates challenges in helping people manage their health […]

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