Category Archives: Prevention and Wellness

Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

The doctor is always in. Walgreens’ Web site users can now access board-certified doctors 24/7 through its mobile app, given the drugstore chain’s newest collaboration with MDLIVE, a provider of telehealth services. The collaboration aims to transform retail digital healthcare … finish reading Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

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Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

Community pharmacists can take a greater role in helping their patients adhere to their medication regimens, leading to a reduction in emergency room (ER) visits and hospital admissions, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of … finish reading Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

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Benefit-Based Incentives Remain Top Draws for Health and Wellness Participation

While benefit-based incentives, like health insurance premium reductions, generate significant employee interest, gift cards and even cash continue to motivate employees to take better care of themselves, according to market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN). Healthcare companies have … finish reading Benefit-Based Incentives Remain Top Draws for Health and Wellness Participation

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7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

A lack of social support is one of the chief barriers to medication adherence. If a patient has no friends or family to discuss their health and required medications with, they are more likely to skip them, says Thom Stambaugh, … finish reading 7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

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Study: Companies Pay Almost $6,000 Extra Annually for Employees That Smoke

U.S. businesses pay almost $6,000 per year extra for each employee who smokes compared to the costs for employing workers who never smoked, according to a new study from Ohio State University published in the journal Tobacco Control. Researchers based … finish reading Study: Companies Pay Almost $6,000 Extra Annually for Employees That Smoke

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Mobile Health Goes Mainstream: Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets of mHealth Technologies

Healthcare is most ‘apped’ to use mobile health to manage or prevent disease, according to new market research on mHealth adoption from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Smartphone apps lead the healthcare industry’s foray into mobile health (mHealth), according to 150 … finish reading Mobile Health Goes Mainstream: Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets of mHealth Technologies

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Home Visits Curb Avoidable ER Use

Treating the emergency room as your primary care provider? If you’re a UPMC Health Plan member, you can expect a home visit from the health plan’s community teams of nurses and social workers. Community teams visit these members at home … finish reading Home Visits Curb Avoidable ER Use

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Creativity, Critical Thinking Skills Key to Effective Nurse Navigators

Finding nurse navigators capable of both creative and critical thinking are two crucial skills for this role, explains Robert Fortini, vice president and chief clinical officer of Bon Secours Health System, and can be inherent, taught. The health system expects … finish reading Creativity, Critical Thinking Skills Key to Effective Nurse Navigators

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Prevention Is Key To Reducing Healthcare Costs For All Employees

Reductions in employee health risks lead to immediate cost savings, while the accumulation of additional health risks lead to significantly higher medical and pharmacy costs, according to a study from StayWell Health Management and Towers Watson. Cost savings associated with … finish reading Prevention Is Key To Reducing Healthcare Costs For All Employees

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New Study Finds Efforts to Embed Exercise in EHRs Improves Patient Care, Quality

A new initiative to systematically record patients’ physical activity data into their EHRs along with other vital statistics can help improve patient care and quality, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports … finish reading New Study Finds Efforts to Embed Exercise in EHRs Improves Patient Care, Quality

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