Choosing a Health Provider - 4 Features to Find First

Alex Bettencourt - October 26, 2011

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Choosing a healthcare provider can be difficult. Sure, a patient needs a provider in line with their needs—one can’t get dental work from an oncologist. However, once a list of applicable providers is generated it can be difficult to narrow it down. Use these helpful pointers when choosing a healthcare provider. (more…)

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Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Medical News and Information

Alex Bettencourt - August 9, 2011

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Many hospitals and clinics have joined the social media revolution, turning to Twitter to dispense information to patients and their families. Individuals living with illness, medical students and those simply interested in lifestyle tips now have access to everything from advice about eating mindfully to health insurance. Here are ten healthcare providers of special interest that deliver the best tweets around.

1. @MayoClinic
Mayo Clinic’s history dates back to the 1800s. Tweets include techniques for managing stress, healthy eating tips, links to their blog and job postings. The clinic also promotes contests like Minnesota’s Brand Madness, which gives fans a chance to vote for the state’s beloved brand.

2. @sanjayguptaCNN
Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and also CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. Items of interest include a weekly medical mystery contest and links to his blog posts on CNN Health. He is respected by high-profile individuals like President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. (more…)

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Limeade | Builds Happy, Healthy, High-Performance Workers

Alex Bettencourt - January 5, 2011

ehealthspotlight withshadow Limeade | Builds Happy, Healthy, High Performance WorkersCategory:  Corporate Wellness Program
Company: Limeade
Country: US
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Key Features: A complete well-being assessment, coaching, behavioral counseling, EAP, seminars, support, screenings, and more.

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About Limeade:
Limeade technology specializes in online wellness, employee well-being, enterprise healthcare benefits, self-improvement, and employee assistance programs. Limeade is different from other wellness services because their focus is on the people. Limeade helps people pursue work, life and health goals in ways that make sense.

They help companies launch challenges that reinforce a certain strategy and culture. Sample challenges include “Motorless Landmarks” where one must track 80 motorless miles nearby through running, walking, swimming, hiking etc.

Other Limeade challenges include “Healthy Start.” Employees must get 7+ hours of sleep a night followed by a healthy breakfast to get a “healthy start” on their day. The “Pay It Forward” challenge simply focuses on doing a good deed for someone else every day. Limeade is a great choice for companies looking for a simple start on employee wellness.

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Care Giving from the Office - Our Published Report in Self Funding Magazine

Alex Bettencourt - July 30, 2010

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Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

What does this have to do with our recent report on long-distance care and employee health care costs? Well, when Self Funded Magazine decided to publish our report, “Care Giving from the Office“, we thought it was a great thing! (more…)

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Are You At Risk for a Heart Attack?

Alex Bettencourt - October 8, 2009

redheart Are You At Risk for a Heart Attack?

More than 300,000 Americans die each year from a sudden cardiac arrest; and these are treated outside the hospital.

So, who is most at risk? And what exactly do you need to know if you fit the profile for someone at risk?

If you don’t have diabetes or heart disease,  and you are over 20, assessing your risk isn’t hard.  All you need to know is your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If you know those two most important factors, you can assess your risk for a heart attack.

Add in your age, gender, and whether or not you’re a smoker, and you’re done with the hard part.  After collecting your personal health stats, all you have left to do is plug it into the Risk Assessment Tool.

It does all the homework for you and estimates your 10-year risk for developing Coronary Heart Disease and death.

This valuable Framingham risk calculator is predicted to really narrow down who is most at risk out of the 20-30 million US adults who have an intermediate risk score. By determining which participants in this group are actually high-risk candidates that happened to have an intermediate risk score, a lot of lives can be saved.

If preventive measures are taken with those who fall in the category of having an intermediate risk score,  the 10%-20% chance of their heart attack or cardiac death can be eliminated.

Find out your score now, and add these stats to your RememberItNow! profile page too. Take control of your health.

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BusinessWeek - Aging-in-Place Players & Technology

Pamela Swingley - September 25, 2009

Recently, BusinessWeek ran a special report on technology that helps seniors stay at home.

RememberItNow! is small potatoes compared to some of the players. But, we have a great solution! 

Intel, GE, Philips, and Nintendo are some of the big brand companies targeting the eldercare market estimated at $317 billion. Boy, would we love to have their resources.

Philips has spent $6 BILLION in acquisitions for cutting-edge products.

GE is ramping up investments “”We’re in the infancy of our business. We look at this as a strategic move into a huge and growing market.” notes Jim Pursley, a general manager in sales at GE Healthcare’s Home Health unit.

GE and Intel are committing $250 million over five years to develop products. Consultancy Aging in Place Technology Watch predicts that the market for home monitoring and communications devices could eventually generate $20 billion a year.

BusinessWeek’s Special Report is packed with information. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting market!

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America’s Most Medicated State

Pamela Swingley - September 7, 2009

Americans take an increasing number of medications. In 2008, total sales for prescription drugs reached $291.5 billion, a 1.4% increase from the previous year.

West Virginia is ranked as the highest in prescription drug use. The state filled 17.7 prescriptions per capita. Twelve percent of the population has diabetes,70% are obese or overweight, and more than one-quarter smoke.

See which other states make this Forbes list.

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Six Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Healthcare Worker.

Alex Bettencourt - August 31, 2009

Are you wondering what to ask or look for before you hire someone for home healthcare? We have prepared a thorough list to help you feel more at ease with your research.

1. Is the agency licensed and accredited?

They should be licensed by the state. Check with your state Department of Health and with organizations like Joint Commission. It is an independent nonprofit that accredits and certifies nearly 15,000 health-care organizations and programs in the US.

2. How established is the agency?

Research them on Medicare’s Home Health Care Compare . Here you can compare different home-care agencies on a variety of things like, the number of patients they have, success ratings with treatment, and more.

3. What kind of background checks does the agency do?

Ask specifically what their background checks cover. Ask about any criminal activity besides elder and child abuse, and if they check aides temporarily working for their home health care.

4. What are the specifics of this agency’s service?

Learn about the procedures a provider goes through to handle emergencies. Ask about the availability of caregivers.  Do they send the same person each day to take care of the same patient? Consistency is essential to good care, and a lot of agencies don’t always send the same aide to the same patient.

5. Who are their references and how can I check them out?

Call their refrences. Find out if they demonstrated good judgment and had a gentle approach. Ask whether they really were conscientious about carrying out all of their responsibilities. Check with the agency’s other clients to find out about their customer satisfaction.

6. What do you think of your provider?

It is crucial to know if you will like your home health-care aide. Is it someone who you feel you trust and respect? Could you have a good working relationship with them? (more…)

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RememberItNow! Beta Customer Invite!

Alex Bettencourt - August 7, 2009

Good news! You have heard all the hype about how to use RememberItNow! and now you can try it for free!

We are in need of Beta Customers, and the benefit of being a Beta customer is getting to use a valuable medication management product free for 3 months!

Most medication managment products like pill box dispensers, alarm watches and more, are a pain to carry around. They usually create an inconvenience when leaving your home, and not to mention they are expensive too.

RememberItNow! is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) product; so it doesn’t hog up valuable disk space on your computer. It’s convenient and simple to use. By signing up as a Beta customer, and giving feedback,  you get to use our health care management service free for 3 months. (more…)

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Tips For Dealing With Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Deborah Leader, RN, BSN, PH - August 5, 2009

Although the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis will vary from person to person, you can bet that pain is one of the most debilitating aspects of the disease. To learn how to mange your arthritis effectively at home, here are a few quick tips:

Educate yourself

Learn about the disease and of its chronic nature. Read everything you can in the scientific literature in order to make sound  decisions about your treatment. If you find informative links online, you can easily add them to your “Resources” section on your RememberItNow! account, so you don’t have to search for them every time you’re online. You can also choose to share this information with someone in your RememberItNow! care community too.

Adapt to your treatment.
Make sure your treatment plan is compatible with your life style. For example, if your doctor wants you to swim for 30 minutes a day and you prefer walking, advise him about the need for an adjustment in your program. (more…)

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