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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Print E-mail
Written by JAMA   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:26
Being physically active is one of the most important actions individuals of all ages can engage in to improve their health. In the United States, an estimated $117 billion in annual health care costs and about 10% of premature mortality are associated with inadequate physical activity (not meeting the existing aerobic physical activity guideline). The evidence reviewed by the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the newly released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition (PAG) is clear-physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:27
When Western Medicine Fails Patients and Clinicians Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 November 2018 15:16
Kimberly Rogers, MD writes about the failings of western medicine in a Nov. 3, 2018 KevinMD post. She asserts that:
We physicians are being a broken fee-for-service healthcare system that squeezes us with 10-15 minute visits, which does not allow us the necessary time to have...crucial conversations with our patients and does not reimburse appropriately for...preventive service. We're being failed by a system that forces us to choose the fastest option to treat a problem - the prescription pad.
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Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2018 15:19
Amgen Cuts Repatha's Price 60% as Scrutiny of Drug Costs Heats Up Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:03
Patrice Wendling reports for Medscape on October 24, 2018:
Amgen announced today it is lowering the cost of its cholesterol-lowering drug, evolocumab ( Repatha), by roughly 60%. The move was designed to increase demand by lowering out-of-pocket costs, especially for Medicare patients, who currently pay between $280 and $370 a month in out-of-pocket costs, but will now pay $25 to $150 a month, Amgen officials said in a telephone press briefing.
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Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2018 11:11
Special Care Unit Wins South Florida HIMSS Innovation Award for BlueBeak Technology Created by Centric Consulting Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Saturday, 27 October 2018 06:49
Ft. Lauderdale based Special Care Providers was recently awarded the South Florida HIMSS Innovation Award for implementing Centric Consulting’s BlueBeak technology, which has significantly enhanced the level of care patients receive within their Special Care Unit (SCU). The South Florida HIMSS Chapter honored Special Care Providers with the award at the 2018 IntegraTe conference on October 2, 2018. The award recognizes providers for healthcare technology innovation in South Florida, taking into consideration the direct correlation between an organization’s IT initiative and accomplishment or a documented organizational objective.

Special Care Providers partnered with Centric Consulting, which developed BlueBeak, to improve their “high-touch” multi-disciplinary model of care by using beacon technology to monitor staff interaction with patients, encouraging and rewarding staff for quality patient care. The innovative technology offers real-time monitoring and visualization of patient care and creates the statistical foundation for future improvements. Each SCU staff member is issued a specialized badge and each patient bed is equipped with a beacon reader. BlueBeak uses Bluetooth to communicate between the badge and beacon reader, providing instant feedback on patients in need of service. The data collected is imported into an intuitive, custom dashboard that provides feedback and statistical data for future care initiatives.

BlueBeak’s beacon technology has improved SCU patient outcomes, reduced costs and improved services provided. Early results show ventilator weaning rates exceeding 80 percent (much higher than the national average), decannulation rates have exceeded 63 percent, and there has been a nearly 400% increase in subsequent discharges home. In addition, readmission rates have reduced to nearly 6 percent, compared to an average of 30 to 60 percent at other hospitals.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 October 2018 15:12
Study reveals health benefits of exercise Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 22 October 2018 13:29
Wayne Drash reports for CNN on Oct. 20, 2018:
We've all heard exercise helps you live longer. But a new study <posted to JAMA> goes one step further, finding that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Wael Jaber, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and senior author of the study, called the results "extremely surprising." 
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Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2018 13:33
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