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Research Corner: Ending the A1C Blame Game

Insulin Nation

When glucose sensors first became available in clinical trials some 2 decades ago, I decided to wear a sensor to compare my glucose levels as a non-diabetic individual with glucose levels of my patients.

7 Reasons We’re Thankful for HR Professionals

American Well

Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRM) tweeted asking HR Pros what they were grateful for this holiday season. True, we’re not HR Pros ourselves, but we couldn’t help but tweet back that we’re grateful to those same HR heroes who make our lives easier every day.

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Paul Foelsch, VP of IS & CIO, Mercy Hospital Iowa City, Chapter 1

Health System CIO

About Mercy Hospital McKesson shop (HBOC user since early 90s) Sunquest in lab, Cerner in radiology & Philips in cardiology Eyeing Stage 7 One EHR for owned practices, 17 for affiliated docs Horizon vs Paragon Reimbursement concerns with telemedicine — “It’s still an issue” Many people talk about the need to be flexible and able to quickly adapt, but to Paul Foelsch, it’s more than just words.

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mHealth13: Lots Going On, But Few New Developments

Chilmark Research

Another year, another mHealth Summit. HIMSS’ younger sibling has slowly grown over the last five years, a period that has seen a Precambrian explosion of companies and advances in mobile tech.

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Social Media in Healthcare Quality

eHealth

Today I presented at the Texas Gulf Coast Association for Healthcare Quality on social media in healthcare. Slides are posted on my Slideshare. The video, Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care is below.

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Healthcare and Social Media (Infographic)

Medicine and Technology

Social media often can help bring people together. This is evident in the use of social media by both patients and healthcare providers. Here is an infographic that shows healthcare and social media: Image compliments of Master of Health Administration Degrees. infographic social media

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ATA Policy Summit: Telemedicine Policy Topics Ripped from the Headlines

LinkousThink

The program for the ATA Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit (June 27-28 in Washington, DC) is designed to give you insider perspective on the big policy issues facing remote healthcare. We all know what these policy hot topics are—they’re splayed throughout the industry press on a daily basis. In a sense, the program for the Policy Summit is ripped from the headlines. If it’s in the telehealth news, we’re talking about it at the Summit.

Imagination and Innovation: A Q&A with Kaiser Permanente’s Philip Fasano

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Kaiser Permanente’s Philip Fasano at the Accelerating Innovation event hosted by NASA.

eHealth: Aligning Quality Measurement at CMS

CMS.gov

By Patrick Conway, MD, MSc. Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The next step on the path of meaningful adoption of health information technology (HIT) for providers—will launch later this year for hospitals and next year for eligible professionals. How will this next phase improve health care and reduce the burden on providers? Achieves Electronic Data Reporting.

Asymptomatic Hypoglycemia, a Silent Killer

Insulin Nation

After 26 years of marriage to someone with Type 1 diabetes, Roberta Rabinek has grown to learn when her husband, George, is having a hypoglycemic attack, even if he can’t tell it’s happening. “He’ll tell me he’s fine and to leave him alone,” says Rabinek, who lives in Baltimore.

The Mouse Trap

Insulin Nation

Are you sick of reading headlines proclaiming a cure for diabetes is at hand….for for mice? You’re not alone. Each year, more than 25 million vertebrate animals are used for research in U.S. biomedical laboratories.

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Unlocking the Basal Mystery

Insulin Nation

Any person with diabetes on insulin therapy knows that you need insulin when you eat a meal. Using a see-saw as an analogy, food and insulin balance each other out. Too much food and not enough insulin, you have hyperglycemia. Too much insulin and not enough food, and you have hypoglycemia.

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Hypo-in-Chief? – President Saves Pregnant T1 Woman from Fainting

Insulin Nation

President Barack Obama has been touting his Affordable Care Act as a way to help Americans manage treatable illnesses.

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An Artificial Pancreas that Can Handle Exercise?

Insulin Nation

One of the major reasons why the artificial pancreas remains a possibility rather than a reality is because it’s hard to create a closed-loop system that can account for all the variabilities of day-to-day life.

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Diabetes and a Girl: Have Insulin, Will Travel

Insulin Nation

I love to travel. There is such a thrill to getting to a new spot, meeting new people and doing new things. For people with Type 1 diabetes, though, there’s one problem: we thrive on routine and insulin.

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Can We Teach an Old Pancreas New Tricks?

Insulin Nation

We’ve come to think of Type 1 diabetes as a condition where the pancreas just gives up the ghost, for good, end of story. But in recent years, researchers have grown increasingly skeptical of that tidy narrative. Now, a new study seems to cast that idea even further in doubt.

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Parenting by Numbers: The Great Pump Switch

Insulin Nation

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”. I’m not superstitious, but that expression kept replaying in my head as my husband and I contemplated switching our 7-year-old daughter from the Minimed Revel insulin pump to the OmniPod system. Was it my subconscious fear of change talking?

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A User-Friendly Glucagon Kit?

Insulin Nation

The glucagon kit could be as medically necessary during a bout of severe hypoglycemia as the defibrillator for cardiac arrest, yet many smart people with diabetes don’t own one.

Is a T1 Vaccine Coming Soon?

Insulin Nation

According to a report in the Finnish news site yle Uutiset , researchers believe they have isolated several strains of an enterovirus that they say is responsible for causing Type 1 diabetes.

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A BG Breathalyzer?

Insulin Nation

Right now, having to blow into a breathalyzer usually spells trouble. But in the future, could people with diabetes rejoice at the possibility of using a breathalyzer every day?

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Tandem and the Future of Pumps

Insulin Nation

For 35 years, the City on a Hill that represents the possibility of untold riches from insulin pumps has glimmered on the horizon, tangible but unreachable.

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Diabetes and a Girl: Blood Sisters

Insulin Nation

Starting college means being on your own for the first time, for better or worse. It’s great to feel independent, but you can also feel alone. I remember meeting my floormates in college and knowing right away that we were going to be great friends.

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Easier Pens For 2014?

Insulin Nation

The insulin pen often has been touted as easier to use than the syringe, but that doesn’t mean it’s hassle-free. The biggest beef people with diabetes have with the pen is the variable in force required for the amount of insulin needed.

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Forward Motion: Happy to Be Feeling the Low?

Insulin Nation

One serious complication people with diabetes face is no longer feeling a low blood glucose. Before the days of continuous glucose monitors (CGM), people with Type 1 had two ways to tell if their BG was low: testing for it and feeling it.

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T1 By Design: The Diabetic Closet

Insulin Nation

Recently, one of my students at Fordham University came up to me with a tray of cupcakes and asked if I wanted one. Today is my birthday,” he said. I wished him a happy birthday, but said I was diabetic and couldn’t partake in the frosted goodness.

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Forward Motion: Shortsighted Test-Strip Rationing

Insulin Nation

Commentary. When I was first diagnosed T1 almost 9 years ago, it felt like stepping into a tornado. But I quickly clung onto one central truth of diabetes self-care: the best way to live as long as possible and avoid complications was to test…and test often! Makes perfect sense, right?

Top 5 Ways to Engage your Employees in Company Initiatives

American Well

Your employees have a lot going on, both in and out of work. They are constantly being bombarded with new initiatives and asked for their participation and commitment. If you want to get your employees on board with programs you’?re

Out and About

Chilmark Research

Some of you may have noticed a precipitous drop in new content, ala posts, as of late. A few things have contributed to this. First, it is often tough to find time to write when one is traveling from one activity to another (in fact this is being written as I fly back to Boston from the west coast).

Who will regulate mHealth? Patient Engagement at Crossroads; New Alliance Takes On Interoperability

Chilmark Research

We came back from HIMSS and got right to work on the March Monthly Update for Chilmark Advisory Services subscribers.

Third Time the Charm for Inhalable Insulin?

Insulin Nation

Mannkind Corporation once again has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) for FDA approval of its inhalable insulin product, Afrezza.

A Facebook for Diabetes Health Data?

Insulin Nation

Traditionally, our health records are confidential and only shared publicly in the aggregate. But one website, PatientsLikeMe , encourages people with diabetes and other conditions to share their day-to-day health records with other users.

Feeling Blue About World Diabetes Day

Insulin Nation

There are going to be a lot of confused tourists at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota this November 14th. The giant statue being carved out of a mountain will be illuminated blue, but chances are many visitors won’t know the reason why.

Skin Drug Reduces Need for Insulin

Insulin Nation

Researchers have discovered that a skin drug used for psoriasis seems to maintain insulin production in the bodies of people recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The drug also helped cut the number of hypoglycemic events, according to researchers.

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Jim Turnbull, CIO, University of Utah Health Care, Chapter 1

Health System CIO

About University of Utah Bridging Cerner (inpatient) and Epic (outpatient) Plans to move to an integrated solution Staff-run retention and recognition programs — “It’s had an immediate impact on our turnover.”