WalletHub Study: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Doctors

Serving the American Healthcare RevolutionWith National Doctor’s Day around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Doctors.

To identify the best states for those in the business of saving lives, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of public hospital system.

According to a provided report summary, here’s what we’re told about the best vs. the worst:

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Nursing Agency in Portland Warns of Health Effects of Sleep Apnea in Honor of National Sleep Awareness Month

Man sleeping in bedMedia Announcement: Express Healthcare Professionals, a leading nursing agency in Portland, OR, has taken the time to spread the word about sleep apnea and its effect on a person’s overall health during National Sleep Awareness Month.

Sleep apnea, a quite common and prevalent sleeping disorder, occurs when a person’s breathing fluctuates through random pauses and shallow breaths during sleep. Usually chronic, over time the disorder can have a noticeably poor effect on an individual’s sleep, negatively impacting their health and daily activities.

Express Healthcare Professionals National Clinical Director Christina Muniz said, “Untreated sleep apnea can cause a significant negative impact on your overall health. Increased blood pressure along with an increased risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack are commonly caused by the sleep disorder which affects approximately 18 million Americans.”

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Emanate Wireless Upgrades PowerPath TempHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Virtual Reality Admitted to Children’s Hospital
According to a new report from VRJournal, pediatric cardiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are embracing the power of virtual reality.

WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America Partner to Address Diabetes in Trucking Industry
Digital health leader WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America (HTAA) announced their partnership to help truckers living with diabetes.

IdeaCrew Adds Health and Regulatory Leader to Management Team
On Wednesday, in an effort to support its growing benefits enrollment and technology-based health services business, IdeaCrew announced that Patrick Canavan, Psy.D., has joined the company as Vice President of Consulting Services.
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Avaya Aims to Drive Smarter Healthcare with Telemedicine Robot

Avaya_Telemedicine_Robot,_Brazil-9b9ce846bc8e9a61a774fadcf2dc65e6_originalProgress in the area of telemedicine has increasingly demonstrated the positive impact technology can have on the relationship between doctors, patients and healthcare institutions.

That’s the admission today from Avaya, a company that, along with its business partner Itscon, is contributing to the progress in patient care with a telemedicine robot that is built on Avaya video conferencing at a large pediatric complex in Brazil.

So how does it work?

Equipped with medical supplies and a fast-charging, two-hour battery, the telemedicine robot is free to roam through the hospital’s corridors and ICU rooms. Through the telemedicine robot, doctors at the Brazilian pediatric hospital can interact via video with U.S.-based hospital specialists and exchange information on patients’ progression — all in full HD imaging.

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TELUS Health and DOmedic Use Digital Health Technology to Improve Medication Management for Seniors

NY Attorney General Warning Seniors of mHealth ScammersMedia Announcement: TELUS Health and Groupe DOmedic, Inc., a Quebec start-up that designs high-tech products to improve medication compliance, have announced a partnership that will enable better health monitoring and improved medication management for seniors with the launch of xPill PHARMA. Offered by DOmedic to retirement homes, and connected by TELUS Health to the pharmacists through their pharmacy management solution, the technology also empowers nurses and care staff working in retirement homes to safely administer medication to patients.

“DOmedic and TELUS Health now offer a powerful integrated medication management platform that will enable retirement homes and Canadian pharmacists an optimized administering and dispensing medication cycle in compliance with traceability requirements,” said Benoît Demers, President, Groupe DOmedic, Inc. “xPill PHARMA provides patients, their families and the care teams administering the medication with peace of mind that they are receiving the correct medication, in the correct dosage, at the correct time, and administered in the correct way.”

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Virtual Reality Admitted to Children’s Hospital

hospitalAccording to a new report from VRJournal, pediatric cardiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are embracing the power of virtual reality.

The report in question indicates that the doctors at the esteemed organization are “taking inspiration from the video-game and consumer technology industries” in their work. How? By leveraging virtual reality as a “vital tool” for both providers and patients, VRJournal explains.

All told, The Virtual Reality Program at the Children’s Heart Center is “going beyond gaming with three VR projects that are already improving patients’ education, health, and hospital experience and helping physicians treat cardiac patients more effectively.”

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Football Goes High Tech with Its First Ever Robot

rogers-athletic-logo-1The Future of football has arrived and taking leagues by storm to help with safety in the sport. The seriousness of injuries has been a growing concern for many Americans who have played sports or have children currently playing sports. For instance, Recent CDC reports show that the amount of reported concussions has more than doubled in the last 10 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has also doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade.

While the first hit can prove problematic, the second or third can cause permanent long-term damage.

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