Exploring Human Potential

Pre-Prepared Food At Home: Not The Same As “Home Cooked”

Mike Magee When it comes to childhood obesity, geography makes all the difference. That’s the conclusion of a University of North Carolina study of nearly 30,000 kids in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.(1)  But if you’re thinking “geography” as in “region of the country”, you’re on the wrong track. […]

Retailers are  joining  first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to bring nutritious foods to America’s “food deserts” — areas of the US with little access to healthy foods. Wal-Mart, Walgreens and SuperValu, and some regional retailers will be adding more than 1,500 stores to bring more nutritious and fresh food to communities. The companies’ executives are joining […]

AHRQ Releases New Work Flow Toolkit

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has just released a work flow toolkit that deserves a close look. “Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit” will help small and medium practices learn more about workflow in order to plan, design, and implement health IT in ambulatory care. AHRQ’s health information technology (health IT) initiative is part […]

Good Idea: Linking Physicians To Improve Diagnosis

Sermo Mobile just released a mobile application called iConsult which their CEO Daniel Palestrant, MD, says will turn “the concept of real-time medicine into reality” and allow “physicians to immediately impact patient care.” A key feature of Sermo Mobile is iConsult. With three touches of the screen, physicians can take or add a photograph of […]

CDC Focuses On Outpatient Infection In New Guide

The CDC just released a guide of infection prevention recommendations for outpatient services.The guide’s recommendations focus  on outpatient (ambulatory care) settings. They emphasize  the foundation steps for preventing transmission of infectious agents in all healthcare settings. Links to full guidelines and source documents are provided.

Paying The Price For Poor Food Choices

Mike Magee A new study published  in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine had this headline finding: “Better access to supermarkets” does not “improve people’s diets.” The study tracked thousands of people in several large cities for 15 years. Specifically, researchers wanted to know if citizens ate any healthier if supermarkets were placed in their […]

More Physicians Going Part-Time

American Medical News reports, “Increasing numbers of physicians are seeking part-time positions with flexible hours, resulting in higher turnover rates for some small practices that do not adjust to the trend and challenges for those that do.”  Issues? Physician preferences versus patient demand, payment for part-time work, and reactions of full-time physicians.

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