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Health Outcomes

Sven Gierlinger, Chief Patient Experience Office Talks Patient Experience!

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Patient Experience Week is April 24-28. In honor of this event, Dr. Pendharkar, Founder and CEO of Valeet Healthcare, sat down to chat with Sven Gierlinger, VP and Chief Patient Experience Officer at Northwell Health System, to discuss his perspectives on patient experience. Dr. Pendharkar: I understand you worked in the hospitality industry prior to healthcare. How did you make the transition into healthcare? Sven:  I was approached to go into healthcare by Henry Ford Health System. Henry Ford was opening a new hospital, and they wanted it to be very service centric — very hospitality focused. Hospitality, wellness, and…

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My Life as a Type 1 Diabetic — Transformed by Technology!

By | Blog, Chronic health conditions, Continuous Glucose Monitor, Data, Diabetes, Disease Management, Glucose Monitor, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Healthy lifestyle, Insulin, Insulin Pump, Medical, Medication, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus | 3 Comments

Diabetes care, management and health outcomes have undergone a complete transformation over the last 50 years.  From diagnosis, to blood glucose monitoring, to medications, medical technology now offers many options that give diabetics the freedom to live more active and productive lives.  Tracey Long, a type 1 diabetic diagnosed in 1982, shares her personal story underscoring how important technology has been in allowing her to live her life to the fullest. Since 1982 when, at the age of eight, I learned I had Type 1 diabetes, the disease has been a constant in my life.  Back then, I followed the…

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Reflections on Innovation in Healthcare

By | Blog, Data, Digital Health, EHR, EMR integration, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Hospitals, Patient Activation, Patient Understanding, Provider workflow | No Comments

Innovation. As I prepare to attend Health 2.0 next week and share the Valeet Healthcare engagement platform, I’ve been reflecting on innovation in medicine, an essential ingredient to progress and transformation. It’s fascinating to realize how far we have come – and to imagine how much further we can go. While there have been a myriad of milestones and breakthrough innovations in the history of medicine, there are several that stand out in my mind: The magnifying glass — first created in 1250 by Roger Bacon, he designed a convex lens specifically used for science. Shortly thereafter, lenses were constructed…

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My Perspective on Why Patient Engagement is Critical for Better Health Outcomes

By | Blog, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement | 6 Comments

Most physicians can recall a certain patient who defines why they chose to pursue medicine. For me, that patient is Mrs. Jones*. Mrs. Jones had struggled with multiple conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity for many years. As her primary care physician, I sensed her feelings of hopelessness and helplessness – of being out of control. One day, we had a frank conversation about her weight and how it was affecting her overall health. Something clicked within Mrs. Jones that day. She transformed into the model patient, making vital changes to her lifestyle. She began working with a…

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How to Navigate the Health System: A Patient Perspective

By | Blog, Cancer Survivor, Health, Health Outcomes, Hospitals, Medical, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | No Comments

I’ve had to learn how to navigate the healthcare system over the last few years.  If you read my last blog post, I am a cancer survivor!  I’ve been through some ups and downs, some highs and some lows, but here I am.  Through my journey, I learned some ways to succeed in my health outcomes and I want to share them with you in hopes that my experiences and insights can help shed light for others out there who are also trying to navigate the healthcare system: 1.Take charge of your own health This is a must!  In order…

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