Collaborating for Community Health

  Although many of us have not yet accepted it, healthcare delivery is changing around us; and the ways in which we work to improve the health of the communities we serve is undergoing a fundamental transformation. This was recently confirmed when I attended the Duke/ Durham Health Summit with several of Jennings’ clients from the Practical Playbook. The theme…

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  • Healthcare Transparency Can Be a Marketing Game-Changer

    Press Ganey, NRC, HealthStream, PRC, Avatar.  If you are part of a hospital, health system, or medical practice, there is a very good chance that one of these names rings a very distinct bell. In fact, I’m sure you have heard conversations that begin something like “We just got our (insert previously mentioned company name here) scores and we are…

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  • What are Advance Directives and why are they important?

    What are Advance Directives and why are they important? Advance directives are legal documents that specify your end of life wishes regarding your health care. Typically they include a living will and a medical power of attorney (or health care proxy). Laws about them vary from state to state. These legal documents are not just for the elderly or very…

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  • There is no link between the measles vaccine and autism.

    A few months ago, there were more reported cases of measles than you’d see during an entire typical year, says Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She went on to say during a CDC tele-briefing: "This is not a problem with the measles…

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  • It’s a bird – it’s a plane – it’s an ambulance drone!

    During one of the morning news shows, I saw a story about an innovative new use for a drone — one that could potentially save lives in the not so distant future. For his master’s degree project, a Dutch graduate student named Alec Momont has designed what’s being called an “ambulance drone.” A little background: Out of the 400,000 heart…

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  • Nurturing a Human Connection with your Physicians

    Online search is a critical component in the physician selection process and nurturing a human connection with those physicians, matters more than ever in the digital space.  A recent Pew Internet study shows that about 80% of patients who are diagnosed with an illness go on the web to find information about their condition.  Another 44% of patients are researching their…

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  • The Connected Patient: Information as Currency in Online Communities

    Today’s patients are more aware and engaged than ever with their own health. And it goes beyond just looking up symptoms on WebMD. This new “connected patient” is increasingly turning to listservs, Facebook groups, Twitter chats, and other communities to find support, end isolation and meet an information void not being filled by static hospital websites. In his article, The…

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  • New Partnership Helps Health Systems Create Effective Online Patient Communities

    CHAPEL HILL, NC - September 30, 2014 - A new partnership announced today between Hive Strategies (McMinnville, OR), CareHubs, Inc. (San Francisco, CA) and Jennings (Chapel Hill, NC), brings the healthcare industry easy access to affordable, HIPAA-compliant-ready online patient support communities. CareHubs offers the leading private-label, online patient community platform available today. Their customers include Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the…

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