Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide and are responsible for more deaths annually than cancer. They can be transmitted by a number of routes (e.g. direct/indirect contact, airborne, droplet) and have the potential to affect large populations, as we saw during the Ebola and Zika epidemics of recent years. Fortunately, vaccines have […]
If you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with an extra piece of pumpkin pie, you might need to eat a salad and run an extra mile or two next week. If you’re one of the 29 million U.S. adults who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, however, your challenges are more serious. Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disorder […]
Books, articles and commentaries abound on the value of empowering people to take a more active role in managing their own health.
It’s Health IT week! IT, and specifically electronic health records, has become a crucial component of modern healthcare. Good use of technology can make an occupational health office more efficient and patient-focused. It can free up valuable office space with the removal of paper-based filing cabinets and allow quicker access to patient records. A good […]
What is occupational medicine? According to Wikipedia, occupational medicine specialists work to ensure that the highest standards of occupational health and safety can be achieved and maintained. While it may involve a wide number of disciplines, it centers on the preventive medicine and management of illness, injury or disability that is related to the workplace. […]
Moving Beyond Outcome Metrics The proliferation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), spurred by the healthcare industry shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, has focused healthcare executives’ attention towards clinical outcome metrics. Yet the greatest barriers–individual clinician practices– remain difficult to manage within the population health clinical delivery value chain. The solution: leveraging software as a service […]
Dr. W. Edward Deming authored Total Quality Management, which espoused a group approach to management. Applying his concepts meant that management would encourage employees to join in the process of continuous improvement. His methods helped Japan recover following WWII. In fact, he is still revered there as a business hero.
Work-related stress can kill. Sometimes it kills quickly with a stress-induced heart attack. This technically categorizes work-related stress with other types of fatal exposures to notoriously hazardous substances such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and arsine gas. Stress can also have a slow and insidious adverse affect on health – causing or exacerbating depression, muscle […]
The weather might be hot and hazy outside, but it’s already time to start thinking about the upcoming flu season. In March, the FDA recommended trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines for the 2016-17 flu season. Recently, studies have shown that the nasal spray version of the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not effective and the CDC […]