Thanks to participants in clinical trials, health care providers can save more lives every day and continue to improve national healthcare practice standards.
Humanity got a wonderful gift between 1990 and 2013 — six years of extra life. While the average person born in 1990 could expect to live to age 65.5, those born in 2013 can look forward to a 71st birthday. That’s an enormous leap. Many factors contributed to this immense gain for humanity, but the most salient is this: better healthcare.
We think of the Armed Forces as our nation’s powerful defenders, but they are also outstanding educators, training young people in hundreds of fields like finance, administration, mechanics, technology and computers.
High-deductible health plans are on the rise. For example, according to a recent study, by 2015, nearly one in three large companies will offer only high-deductible health insurance plans to employees. If you’re unfamiliar with these plans, here is the basic idea: You buy an insurance plan that comes with lower premiums than traditional plans. … Read More
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If you’ve noticed your doctors using tablets in the exam room, don’t fret — they’re not playing games or watching Netflix. They’re using electronic health records (EHRs). As of 2013, 78 percent of office-based doctors were using some form of EHR, and paper files are on their way out. You don’t get to choose your … Read More
You make important life decisions using the best information available. When you search for a job, you ask, “Is this a good fit for me?” You shop around for the house that best suits your needs. You read reviews and consumer research when buying a car. So when you make the most important decisions of … Read More
It’s a whole new world. The old way of practicing medicine is just that — an old way of doing things. While it took us a while to get to this point, I can say confidently this new world of healthcare will be better for all of us. Patients, doctors, and the people who pay for healthcare services all will benefit.
You sit in an exam room and let the doctor lecture you. You don’t take notes. You don’t ask questions. As a result, you leave unsatisfied — and without understanding what comes next. Don’t be that patient. In the past, I’ve talked about the things you should expect from your doctor. But as a patient, … Read More
You just waited two hours for a doctor who’s running late. Once in the office, the doctor zips through a jargon-filled speech, orders a test, writes a prescription and sends you on your way. You leave in a cloud of confusion, realizing that you never even asked a question. Don’t accept this. It’s the worst-case … Read More
To find out which breakthroughs are set to reshape healthcare in the coming year, Cleveland Clinic asked 100 of its top experts — people who focus on patient care very day — to offer insight. These are their answers, the top 10 innovations for 2014: 10. Targeted therapy for cancer There’s new hope for people … Read More