February is American Heart Month, which is a great opportunity to focus on raising awareness of the risk of heart disease, educating patients about their risk and encouraging them to make their heart health a priority. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.… Read more
January is National Blood Donor Month and right now there is an urgent need for donors of all blood types to offset a serious shortage. According to the American Red Cross, there were 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. Additionally, severe winter weather has forced more than 150 blood drives to cancel, resulting in 5,500 blood donations to go uncollected.… Read more
According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza activity in the U.S. remains low, however, there are things you can do to prepare your patients for the flu season including:
- Share informational flu handouts for those who have questions about vaccinations or those who refuse to have a flu shot. You can download a “Get the Facts” flyer here from the CDC.
This week marks National Influenza Vaccination Week, which highlights the importance of the influenza vaccine. As the shift to value-based healthcare becomes more apparent practices are putting a more significant focus on preventing and managing chronic disease. By embracing preventive care, they can improve health outcomes for patients and boost revenue.
The problem is that patients are not seeking preventive care.… Read more
Chronic disease management is complicated—and it’s clear that patients need to have a better understanding of how to manage their chronic condition. According to a recent West report, at least 70 percent of patients with a chronic condition would like more resources or clarity on how to manage their disease. Additionally, 91 percent of chronic patients say they need help managing their disease, and one in five patients feel they need 24-hour disease management assistance.… Read more
Now that it’s November, you may begin seeing more men growing beards and moustaches. What you may not know is that it’s all for a good cause: raising awareness about men’s health. One startling fact for men: in the U.S., men die an average of five years earlier than women.¹
Why do men die earlier?… Read more
Research shows that up to 50% of patients are not receiving recommended care for certain conditions. Personalized communication encourages patients to be active participants in their care, helping schedule screenings and preventive exams, sharing important health tips and communicating other essential wellness-related information.
Read the full report on Technology-Enabled Communications: The Key to Connected Healthcare.… Read more
This week, breast cancer researchers from around the world identified 72 new gene mutations – and 65 of these are common among women with breast cancer.This is important research because the BRCA1 and BRCA2 risk mutations, which are present in less than 1% of women, only account for a fraction of all inherited breast cancers.… Read more
For both dentists and orthodontists, it can be challenging to ensure that patients practice good dental hygiene on a daily basis. That’s why National Dental Hygiene Month is a great time to do that.
Start conversations about the Daily 4: 1) brushing, 2) flossing, 3) rinsing, and 4) chewing. Encourage patients to incorporate these four components of proper oral health maintenance into their daily routine.… Read more
During last year’s flu season, fewer than half of Americans (40 percent) received the flu vaccine,1 resulting in 25 million illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths.2 Despite the risk of becoming seriously ill from a respiratory illness—and recommendations from the CDC and physicians to get immunized—the majority of Americans still opt out.… Read more