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By David Sheon  |  Jan 22, 2014

Should clinicians replace medication with an ancient spiritual practice?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University sifted through over 18,000 studies on a potential treatment for pain, anxiety and depression, narrowing their meta-analysis to 47 scientifically rigorous clinical trials. The results, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed what many have experienced over thousands of years: while it’s not a…more.

Categories: General
By David Sheon  |  Dec 30, 2013

Why We Give to HealthWell Foundation – and Why You Should Too

As the head of a communications strategy shop that helps clients in science, technology, and health care, I encounter a seemingly endless number of organizations that want to do good for society and the planet.  Why then have the WHITECOAT Strategies employees – who serve as editors of Real World…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By David Sheon  |  Jul 18, 2013

Companion Diagnostics Target Therapy to the Patients Most Likely to Respond

What cancer patient would want to use trial and error with various chemotherapies when he or she could know first from a diagnostic that one agent in particular would result in the most successful outcome? A new field has emerged, companion diagnostics, to help predict a patient’s compatibility with chemotherapy or…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By David Sheon  |  Jun 25, 2013

Eco-Friendly Strategies Plant Seeds for Long-Term Savings Among Hospitals

In the past couple of years, 149 hospitals saved $55 million as a result of developing and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives. So why are more and more health providers going green and what’s behind this rising trend? “Increasingly health care leaders are recognizing the critical role environmental stewardship plays in quality health care,”…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By David Sheon  |  Jun 4, 2013

This is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile, Nor Your Child’s Social Network

Does social networking conjure images of teenagers who share seemingly worthless online videos of watermelons dropped from atop buildings? Well get this: Americans OVER age 45 represent the largest percentage increase in social media usage in the past year, now up to 38 percent in 2012, compared to 31 percent in 2011 (Source: Edison Research).…more.

Categories: Access to Care
By David Sheon  |  Apr 11, 2013

Filling the Financial Gap When Health Insurance Isn’t Enough

You can’t escape the headlines: rising expenses and high unemployment. And even for the employed, a sharp reduction in health benefits – coupled with a steep increase in out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance – is making access to life-saving and life-sustaining therapies out of reach for many Americans.…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By David Sheon  |  Mar 28, 2013

Making Costly – and Deadly – Medical Errors and Unnecessary Hospital Visits Something Only Grandparents Can Remember

“She died from a breakdown in the system. She died from a breakdown in communications.” These heartbreaking words, from patient safety advocate Sorrel King about the loss of her young daughter Josie King, are words that no one should ever have to say or hear. Her 10-year commitment to end…more.

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