Category: Wellness & Preventive Reminders


Category: Wellness & Preventive Reminders

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Posted on July 31, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

For the first time, the Surgeon General issued a warning about the effect of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in causing cancer. Issuing a Call to Action on Monday, the Surgeon General recommended five strategic goals to support skin cancer prevention in the United States:

  1. Increase opportunities for sun protection in outdoor settings
  2. Provide individuals with the information they need to make informed, healthy choices about UV radiation exposure
  3. Promote policies that advance the national goal of preventing skin cancer
  4. Reduce harms from indoor tanning
  5. Strengthen research, surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation related to skin cancer prevention

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US with nearly five million people treated annually for some form of the disease at an estimated annual cost of $8.1 billion.…

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West Corporation

Posted on July 24, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Texting: The Patient Communication of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Looking for one good reason to communicate with patients via text message? We’ll give you 10.

Our newest infographic illustrates how text messaging helps you achieve provider-patient communication goals – enabling quicker response to appointment-related messages, allowing for two-way interaction and improving access to care for all patients. You’ll also learn how optimized opt-in processes and fallback features have made it easier than ever to rely on text messaging as part of a multichannel patient engagement strategy.…

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West Corporation

Posted on July 17, 2014 by West Corporation 


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More Evidence That Patients Want Care Alerts

Recent TeleVox research has found that patients are longing for more communications from their providers related to their ongoing care. Several of our Healthy World reports have concluded that this increased communication is a key element of effective patient education and high satisfaction ratings for providers.

The need for increased care alerts has most recently been confirmed in a global survey of 2,200 smartphone users conducted by FICO, a predictive analytics and decision management company.…

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West Corporation

Posted on July 7, 2014 by West Corporation 


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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that more than 300,000 children under the age of 16 are affected by arthritis?

A disease that frequently goes undiagnosed due to lack of patient and parent awareness will be received much-needed extra attention during July’s Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Click here for the Arthritis Foundation’s information on juvenile arthrits (JA), including causes, effects and treatment options.…

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West Corporation

Posted on July 1, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Medication Compliance: Vital Medication Management Tips

Proper medication management is essential for anyone who takes more than one type of medication, which is also known as polypharmacy. Elderly patients are a prime example of individuals who take several different types of pills and vitamins, and proper medication management can potentially save their lives as well as their health.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 26, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Kids of the Past vs. Kids of the Internet Generation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Want a glimpse into the future of your practice? This insight into the communication, technology and social habits of the “Internet Generation” could be the key to effective patient engagement strategies down the road.

Review the HostGator infographic below to see just how different members of the Internet Generation are from their parents…as if we didn’t already know that.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 23, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Four Effective Marketing Tips for Orthodontic Practices

The last thing many orthodontists want to deal with is dental practice marketing. Unfortunately, if you don’t devote some time to marketing you may find that your practice isn’t as successful as you’d like for it to be. Rather than viewing marketing as a source of frustration and confusion, it’s better to view it as a creative project and something that you can have a little fun with.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 19, 2014 by West Corporation 


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New CDC Report Is a Win for Youth Smoking Interventions

According to a report released by the CDC on June 12, only 15.7% of American high school students reported smoking at least one cigarette in the last 30 days. Why is that a big deal? It’s the lowest rate since the first National Youth Risk Behavior Survey was published in 1991, when teenagers reported the same experience at a 23.8% rate.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 16, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Childhood Obesity in the West

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from TeleVox’s Healthy World report, “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Poor Health Habits Threaten the Future of America’s Youth”, which exposes the need for more interaction between doctors and parents to combat childhood obesity. Download it HERE!

Healthy, and non-healthy, food choices have consequences. When Americans eat healthy, our body runs like a well-oiled machine.…

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West Corporation

Posted on June 13, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Hot Links! – Resources and Recommendations for a Healthy Summer

Though summer doesn’t officially start for more than a week, in my neck of the woods it feels like it’s already here! Whether your area is already experiencing the summer heat or it’s just now warming up, there’s no better time to make sure patients have the information they need for a safe and healthy summer.…

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