28 December 2015

Many Americans Believe They Don’t Need The Flu Vaccine

Flu season is in swing and likely won’t let up until April. It seemed like high time to check in on how Americans feel about flu vaccination, so we asked more than 3,000 adults in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll, conducted during the first half of October...  
Source:  Diabetes News
22 December 2015

The Rising Prevalence of Diabetes and its Confounding Complications

Decision Resources Group finds that the prevalent type 2 diabetes (T2D) population in the G7 (United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and Japan) is increasing. This increase, from 71.8 million adults to 88.6 million from 2014 to 2024, is driven by rising obesity levels and an aging population across all markets...
  Source:  CBS8
18 December 2015

Prevalence of Diabetes, Diabetic Nephropathy Up in U.S. Children

For the commercially-insured pediatric population in the United States, the prevalence of diabetes and diabetic nephropathy increased from 2002 to 2013, according to a study published online Dec. 17 in Diabetes Care. Lin Li, M.D., Ph.D., from the Boston University School of Public Health, and colleagues examined the prevalence of diabetes and diabetic nephropathy in pediatric patients aged <18 years from 2002 to 2013. The authors identified 96,171 pediatric patients with diabetes and 3,161 pediatric patients with diabetic nephropathy using the U.S. MarketScan commercial claims database  
Source: Physician's Briefing
14 December 2015

Type1 Diabetes: Five Big Diabetes Fears and What to Do About Them

For people with diabetes, fear can be especially dangerous. Make no mistake, this disease is scary. Both type 1s and type 2s face an array of worrying side effects, both from the condition itself and from the ways we have to treat it. But if we allow our fears to dictate the way we live, we’re going to be missing out on a lot. Here are five big diabetes fears, and ways we can deal with each. We might not be able to make them go away, but at the very least we should be able to tame the suckers.
  Source: Diabetes Health
30 November 2015

EHRs and healthcare interoperability: The challenges, complexities, opportunities and reality

Communication gaps and data-sharing challenges are pervasive in healthcare, persisting between different providers, hospitals and payers, and even various departments within a health system. While technology promises a future of connected networks and free-flowing information, the challenge remains bridging the gap between data silos to improve patient care.  
Source: Healthcare IT News
09 November 2015

The Financial Impact of Pressure Ulcers

The costs associated with pressure ulcers are considerable. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), pressure ulcers cost the US healthcare system an estimated $9.1-$11.6 billion annually. In addition to direct treatment related costs, pressure ulcers also result in litigation, government penalties, and impact hospital performance metrics. On top of the financial implications, pressure ulcers also have a significant impact on patient morbidity, mortality, and quality of life. To further exacerbate the problem, as the population ages, the percent of patients at risk for developing pressure ulcers is growing, thus increasing the demand for early stage prevention.
  Source: Leaf Healthcare