The Diabetes Disconnect: Calories vs. Genetics

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

For communication to really deliver results, it helps to understand the gaps between the perceptions of doctors and patients. Discussing Diabetes shows that when it comes to diabetes — and health issues related to weight… Read the rest

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The Diabetes Disconnect: The Weight of the Nation

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

For communication to really deliver results, it helps to understand the gaps between the perceptions of doctors and patients. Discussing Diabetes shows that when it comes to diabetes — and health issues related to weight… Read the rest

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What Does That Mean? – 5 More Online Marketing Buzzwords and Why They Matter to You

In the world of SEO and online marketing, there are a number of terms thrown out at us and deemed as “important” from authoritative figures on the web. But which of these terms are worthy of our time and attention? Last month, we shared 5 key SEO and marketing buzzwords, their definitions, and why they matter to your practice. Each term plays an important role in establishing a strong presence online.

If you read the title of this post, you… Read the rest

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The Benefits of Healthy Eating [INFOGRAPHIC]

From the bright minds at Nursing School Hub, here's an infographic to help you communicate the importance of healthy eating to your patients.

Learn how fats, proteins and other elements of our food work together to make sure our body has everything it needs. You'll also learn the best sources for essential nutrients and get an interesting perspective on how certain eating habits and choices can add up to a decade to your life!

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Preparing Patients for Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Every once in a while, we use the Engage blog to keep you aware of important health observances. December has a particularly interesting and timely observance as we move further into the holiday season - Safe Toys and Gifts Month.

Has your practice considered sharing ideas for how patients can keep their children safe during the holiday excitement? The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 262,300 toy-related injuries in 2011, with 72% of those occurring in children below… Read the rest

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Soda Solutions

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

Research has shown that consuming sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes, and the American Diabetes Association recommends that people limit their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages as a preventive measure.

Sugary sodas raise blood… Read the rest

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Economic Impact of Obesity

Our nation's ongoing battle with obesity was recently covered in a TeleVox Healthy World report - The Obesity Epidemic: Unhealthy Habits Result in a Growing Problem for Americans. And while this report focused on the health-related dangers of obesity, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute shows the economic and business impact.

On a global scale, the estimated cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion. That's nearly as much as smoking, and its… Read the rest

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Weight and Diabetes: What Doctors Know But Patients Don’t

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

A diabetes diagnosis can occur for a number of reasons. As the American Diabetes Association points out, “Being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes, but other risk factors such as family history,… Read the rest

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What Does That Mean? – 5 Online Marketing Buzzwords and Why They Matter to You

Coming to grips with all the many marketing buzzwords used today is a job in and of itself. The world of marketing is literally abuzz with a dizzying array of jargon that can be confusing, and more so if you're not a marketing guru yourself. We've sifted through a plethora of terms to bring you five SEO and online marketing buzzwords often seen today, describing what they're about and why they're important.

Organic Search

Google and the other major search… Read the rest

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Digital Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

There's no denying the influence of technology on both healthcare providers and their patients.

Digitized health allows providers to more intelligently screen patients for conditions based on biological and physiological factors, greatly increasing early diagnoses. Technology also enables providers to more efficiently, accurately and cost-effectively care for their patients through increased communication and data improvements.

From the patient perspective, they have access to more resources and tools than ever before. This makes it easier to make educated decisions and take… Read the rest

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Discussing Diabetes: Solving the Problem

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

Above all, Discussing Diabetes illustrates the underlying problem in the American healthcare system: the lingering expectation that diabetic patients are expected to “go it alone.” Typically, patients diagnosed with diabetes will go to the… Read the rest

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New Security Innovations for Healthcare Payments

Healthcare payment channels are expanding rapidly with new innovations, allowing patients to pay virtually anywhere, from any device and in any way they choose. With the expansion of payment channels, there comes a greater risk to the patients and the providers who accept the payments. Security for healthcare payments also continues to evolve, giving providers new tools to protect patient cardholder data, prevent fraud and also protect their organizations from the risk of a data breach.

As providers accept more… Read the rest

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Discussing Diabetes: Collaboration and Communication

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

Discussing Diabetes shows that there is plenty of room for a conversation between patients with diabetes who are struggling to manage their weight and the medical professionals who are treating them. It also shows… Read the rest

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The Ultimate Halloween Candy Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

You'll either love this post or absolutely hate it.

It's the reality behind America's 29 most popular Halloween candies, brought to you by The Daily Meal. A poll of 919 voters selected their favorites, and the top 29 were given a health rank based on their nutritional content. There's no way anything on the list is actually good for us, but it is nice to know which candy is considered to be "least unhealthy" (double negative intended....sadly).

SweeTARTS… Read the rest

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Discussing Diabetes: Education or Motivation?

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, "Discussing Diabetes: The Essential Conversation That Could Change the Health of the Nation", which examines the idea of technology-enabled between-visit engagement to help patients with the prevention and management of diabetes. Download it HERE!

What Discussing Diabetes shows quite clearly is that although not perfect, awareness of weight and its consequences for health is fairly widespread. What it also shows is that individuals who have been diagnosed with… Read the rest

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