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By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Nov 30, 2020

Supporting Patient Communities One Patient at a Time

Real World Health Care supports patient communities by spotlighting the organizations and programs that serve patients, their families and care teams. Our sponsor, the HealthWell Foundation, shares our mission and supports patients directly through financial grants that help them afford life-saving medications and treatments. The assistance HealthWell provides isn’t abstract.…more.

By Krista Zodet, President, HealthWell Foundation  |  Jan 15, 2020

Welcoming 2020 with New Insights for Patients with Chronic Diseases

Topics in Focus: ALS, CAR T Therapies, Macular Degeneration and Movement Disorders The HealthWell Foundation is proud to be a founding sponsor of Real World Health Care. Since 2013, Real World Health Care (RWHC) has brought you compelling content on health care issues facing Americans. From features on the people,…more.

By Linda Barlow  |  May 7, 2015

Speaking Up: Let Patients Have a Say

One of the main tenets of patient-centered care is giving patients more control over their health and health decisions made on their behalf. Patients have a clear and important role in their own care through a concept called “patienthood” — the self-management behavior that ensures we either give to ourselves…more.

By Linda Sutton, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Duke University Medical Center  |  Nov 13, 2014

The Current Perspectives of Palliative Care

Last Monday, Dr. Linda Sutton gave a speech on palliative care at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Summit on Patient Advocacy.  A subset of healthcare commonly misunderstood, palliative care is no longer just end-of-life care. What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?  Dr. Sutton: There are many…more.

By Ellyn Kerr, M.Sc., science/technology communications consultant  |  Oct 20, 2014

Dealing with Breast Cancer Stresses: Supporting the Supporters

  With one in eight women developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, most of us know at least one person who has been diagnosed. Each October, Breast Cancer Awareness month in North America highlights the excruciating experience of this disease and its courses of treatment. In a previous RealWorldHealthCare.org…more.

By Amy Gurowitz, MS patient advocate, blogger at MSLOL, and Founder and Director of MSSoftServe  |  Jun 24, 2014

Learning About Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on the Internet: What Works and What Doesn’t?

If you have multiple sclerosis there is a lot that doesn’t work. And what isn’t working is both unpredictable and constantly changing. MS affects everyone differently. And it’s a very wide range of different. While one person may have sensory issues (perhaps a leg is always numb), another person may…more.

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By Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, Co-Founder and CEO, American Well Systems  |  Jun 18, 2014

A Leap Forward for Virtual Health Care

Have you ever sat in a doctor’s office waiting room wishing your physician could have visited you at home? In many states, physicians can now conduct evaluations directly through your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, and patients are responding with enthusiasm. However, medical boards in some states have adhered to…more.

By Sharon Smith, MD FAAP and Charles Thompson, MD FAAP, Co-Leads, KIDS Connecticut  |  Apr 23, 2014

KIDS: Providing Children and Families a Voice in Medicine, Research, and Innovation

The active involvement of patients in health care choices, diseases, research, and innovation is an area of recent focus for many public and private entities (e.g., FDA’s Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative).  As an innovative method to engage children, the KIDS (Kids and Families Impacting Disease Through Science) project was launched…more.

By Peter Antall, MD, Medical Director, Online Care Group  |  Apr 3, 2014

Virtual Health Care: Your Questions Answered by a Telehealth Pioneer

If you follow the latest developments in health care, you may have noticed: telehealth has taken off. Our country is focused on making health care more accessible for Americans, and naturally, telehealth has emerged as a key innovation that can help to make this a reality. It’s an effective way…more.

Categories: Access to Care
By Jamie Elizabeth Rosen, Editor, Real World Health Care  |  Mar 27, 2014

Four benefits of electronic health records

Leaders from industry, academia, and health care discuss the rollout of this technology at The Atlantic’s sixth annual Health Care Forum Today The Atlantic Health Care Forum brought together leading policymakers and industry experts in medicine, public health, and nutrition to have conversations about the state of the nation’s health…more.

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