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

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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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Halloween Food Safety Tips from the FDA

Trick-or-treating is one of the many Halloween highlights for kids...as well as a questionably-aged group of young adults in my neighborhood. #getoffmylawn

If you're looking to share a Happy Halloween message with patients, consider adding one or two of these trick-or-treating food safety tips posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Or instead of including specific ideas in the body of your message, you might consider linking to the FDA list or any other list of ideas… Read the rest

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Discussing Diabetes: A Picture of Poor Health

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!

One of the biggest challenges of diabetes is that for many patients it is the first step of a painful journey into poor overall health. As medical professionals are all too aware, people with… Read the rest

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4 Ways to Improve Patient Experience through Doctor-Patient Communication

The importance of the patient experience is at an all-time high. With reimbursements based on quality of experience and an increased sense of consumerism among today's patients, it's little wonder that 70% of those polled in a 2013 Beryl Institute survey list patient experience and satisfaction as one of their top three priorities.

Here are four ways you can improve the patient experience through doctor-patient communication: Offer patient preference in communication channels.
Not everyone wants a phone… Read the rest

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How Big Is the Diabetes 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!

In one sense, awareness of diabetes is at an all-time high. More and more people are being diagnosed, so more individuals and families are dealing with the impact of diabetes on a daily… Read the rest

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How Promoting October Health Observances Can Boost Your Online Presence

In addition to the fun-filled Halloween season, October is also Orthodontic Health Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. Promoting these two causes is a great way to spread awareness, show support and increase the visibility of your practice. There are a variety of effective ways to promote each of these important causes that also boost your online presence, including the following:

Social Media Posts and Contests
Facebook and other social media platforms offer a… Read the rest

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Handwashing 101

Can you believe that only 5% of us wash our hands properly? That's what a Michigan State University study found last year from a sample of 3,749 Americans.

Gross factor aside - why do we care about this statistic? Well, handwashing also happens to be one of the frequently cited steps we can take to prevent the spread of the flu. Handwashing is one of those important hygiene tasks that is too often taken for granted (at least… Read the rest

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