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Mental Health Cost of COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020

By Mark Schlussel, CEOAs a nation we are facing a pandemic that threatens the fabric of our society -  We are aware of the need for social distancing and washing of  hands frequently. Those messages have been received.  However, as the reality of our isolation sinks in, we need to turn our attention to the mental health cost, as well as the physical and economic costs, of this pandemic.  There is no doubt in my mind that this experience will impact each one of us, no matter our background or socio-demographic. We will each never be the same as we...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, coronavirus, covid-19, healthcare quality, medical access, Mental Health, preventive healthcare, quarantine, social distancing, telehealth

Telemedicine’s Role in Today’s Healthcare

Mar 6, 2020

We live in an age where the process of communication always seems to have an intermediary involved. We text rather than call; we gossip on social media; we ask Amazon to send us things by talking to "Alexa"; we receive higher education in the form of online courses, we use AI to select potential romantic partners, and now we're eliminating another significant human contact point - the physician. We're moving into the era of telemedicine. While the training for physicians now includes becoming more people conscious and having as much EQ as IQ,  we are telling them to be effective...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, coronavirus, corporate wellness, doctor shortages, healthcare quality, medical access, Mental Health, patient satisfaction, preventive healthcare

Patient isolation is affecting healthcare delivery

Feb 20, 2020

Healthcare delivery is traveling along the same road of interpersonal interactions as all other aspects of our lives. The examples are numerous. The younger generation receives most of its information through a mobile device and utilize text as the preferred medium of communication. When we shop at the grocery store, we used to have a pleasant conversation with a highly competent employee when we checked out. Today, we slide bar codes across a computerized scanning system that calculates the cost of our purchases as we self bag our items. When we seek information by utilizing our phone as an actual...

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Filed Under: healthcare quality, medical access, patient satisfaction, preventive healthcare

The Cost of Living with Chronic Illness

Sep 26, 2019

The advances of medical science have been nothing short of remarkable over the last few decades. Illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes have become chronic illnesses. Proper ongoing medication and regular physician interaction have resulted in longer and healthier lives. Yet, the emotional and psychological costs of living with these disease states are just beginning to be understood in healthcare. As the grandfather of two type-I diabetics, I have watched first-hand how the disease is an ever present factor in their lives - 7/24/365. There is no escaping the constant reminder that their lives differ from that of...

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Filed Under: cancer drugs cost, changes in healthcare, high-cost drugs, Insider, medical access

Shopping for Art – Healthcare

Jul 30, 2019

Have you ever thought about the fact that when you walk into an art gallery you are drawn to certain artists and the works they have created? This idea that in art one size does not fit all also applies to healthcare. We see numerous articles about how we as Americans comparison shop for our cars, dishwasher and almost anything else you can find on Amazon or other websites. In her article for Real Clear Health on the future of healthcare, Seema Verma states, "Our demand for a value is the engine that drives competition which, in turn, lowers prices and inspires...

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Filed Under: changes in healthcare, Health Management, healthcare quality, Insider, medical access