5 Ways to Stop Being a Passive Patient

It’s high time for patients to take an active role in their own healthcare. There was a time when many people had long-term relationships with a family doctor – someone who knew them and their families well. But today, that kind of relationship is a thing of the past. Primary care physicians move around, care … Read More

As Your Medical Care Advances, Is There a Price?

In many ways, the rising cost of healthcare is the price of a job well done. American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. It’s given people longer, better lives. Training, research and technology advancements have enabled us to lengthen the average person’s life by nearly a decade. We’ve also improved quality … Read More

3 Ways to Save Lives and Cut Healthcare Costs

You know the cost of healthcare in the United States is high, but the statistics are truly staggering. Healthcare costs make up almost one-fourth of the federal budget. They also account for 18 percent of America’s gross domestic product. That’s why our country is shifting to value-based care. If value-based care sounds like a buzzword … Read More

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The Day of the Passive Patient Is Over

Healthcare is a team sport. And you – the patient – are the No. 1 draft pick. It’s your body, your health, your life. Why shouldn’t you have a voice – and a strong one – in your own care? The day of the passive patient is over. It’s time to take charge of your … Read More

Medical Cost Control Is a Patriotic Duty

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, as 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering:  What will the government do for healthcare – and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States. We’ve gotten ourselves … Read More

No. 8 Innovation: A Personal Sedation Station (Video)

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 100 of its top experts about the innovations set to reshape healthcare in the coming year. These are their answers — the Top 10 Innovations for 2014. Colonoscopies are crucial tests for detecting colon cancer and other digestive diseases. But they’re also the most expensive routine screenings that healthy people … Read More

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Healthcare Technology Primed for a Breakthrough

Technology has touched every facet of medicine. It’s helped us diagnose, prevent, monitor and treat patients. In fact, blood tests, imaging, vaccines, online tele-health programs, medications, radiation, and surgical techniques all bear the fingerprints of advancing technology. And we’re only becoming more technologically dependent. The internet allows patients to easily learn about their conditions and … Read More

How Is Healthcare Like Football?

Too many patients use the emergency room for primary care. Too many people have different doctors who don’t talk to each other. Too many chronically ill patients slip through the cracks of our healthcare system. There are ways to fix these problems. One of them is the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The PCMH is not … Read More