Healthcare ROI: We Are Living Longer Lives Worldwide

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.

4 Things You Should Know About High-Deductible Health Plans

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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4 Reasons You Should Go Digital for Health Records

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

Why Smart Health Decisions Require Your Input

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

Healthcare’s Finest Hour: Technology Drives Advances

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.

The 9 Best Ways to Be a Better Patient

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

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10 Things You Should Expect From Your Doctor

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

Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

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