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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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How I’m Thriving — In Spite of Living with Chronic Health Conditions!

By | Blog, Chronic health conditions, Health, Healthy lifestyle, Medical, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | One Comment

How do you achieve work-life balance while living with chronic health conditions?  This is a great question which I have been asked on many occasions — and one I used to often ask myself. For the past 10 years, my health has been up and down.  My autoimmune system is on fire and always seems to be causing inflammation throughout my body. My doctors call it the “grey area”, not able to identify the real cause of all my chronic health issues. I have struggled with microscopic colitis, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis, just to name a few! I always considered myself…

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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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Mobile apps and Patient Engagement

By | Blog, Data, Digital Health, Medical, Mobile applications, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding | One Comment

In medical education, it is often taught that clinical reasoning and judgment should support any orders for diagnostic tests to be completed. That is, the key question to ask when placing an order is: What do you plan to do with the test result? If you can’t come up with an answer, then reconsider ordering the test. If we think back to grade school science class, this is like a small-scale application of the scientific method in every clinical scenario: make observations, develop hypotheses, collect data, see how the results compare to the hypotheses, then refine and repeat as needed….

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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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