Mind Body Connection: My Heart Health Journey

By | CABG, Diabetes, fitness motivation, Glucose Monitor, Health, heart disease, how to be healthy, Insulin, Medical, Patient Engagement, patient experience, patient story, Patient Understanding | No Comments

February is Heart Health Month and in light of this, we sat down with Tracey Long who recently underwent triple bypass surgery (CABG) due to her underlying heart disease.  Tracey has been gracious enough to share her personal experiences with us and speak to the mind body connection and how it saved her life.  How did you know you were having #hearthealth problems?  Share your story with us in the comments below. Dr. Pendharkar: Tracey, thank you so much for talking with us today!  I’d like to give people a window into your world so they can better understand your…

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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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One Man’s Journey from Obesity to Health

By | Blog, fitness, fitness motivation, Health, Healthy lifestyle, how to be healthy, Medical, men's health, Mobile applications, personal trainer | 3 Comments

Growing up as a young African – American male in the inner city, the food options were like moving through a minefield of empty calories, high fat content and next to zero nutritional value.  A diet like this could only lead to poor health.  Have it your way: diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease — the list goes on.  While some may judge this as an excuse, there is profound truth in the saying “we don’t know what we don’t know.”  I was simply doing the only thing I knew:  eating junk food as a staple, which I did for nearly…

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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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Leveraging Big Data in Healthcare

By | Big Data, Blog, Data, Digital Health, EHR, Health, Health Innovations, Hospitals, Medical | 2 Comments

Big data analytics and clinical decision support is the wave of the future in healthcare and is already taking shape.  The industry has vast amounts of data it generates, and to date, most has been stored as hard copies or in unstructured formats rather than in easily usable digitized formats.  This data includes clinical data, written notes and prescriptions, medical imaging, labs, insurance information, demographic and administrative data, sensor data from vital sign monitoring, and information from social media streams.. Information explosion Some reports note that in 2011, the US healthcare system’s data reached 150 exabytes.   At this rate of…

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