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Scientists Use Virtual Reality to Explore Home Health Environments

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How a house is set up and where objects are located may correlate to how well a person manages a health condition.

How a house is set up and where objects are located may correlate to how well a person manages a health condition.

Study to shed light on factors that influence a person’s ability to self-manage a health condition at home.

It’s easy for health care professionals to monitor a patient’s medical regimen when they are in the hospital. But after discharge, the responsibility to manage that care falls on the patient and family caregiver. Often the regimen falls by the wayside, mistakes happen, and the patient’s health becomes compromised.

To better understand how elements in the home environment (such as clutter) may impact a patient’s ability to adhere to their care regimen (forgetting to take medicines), researchers are exploring the home health environment through virtual reality technology. The goal: To gain insight into what factors influence a person’s ability to manage a health condition at home.

Researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), and the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, will use a $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to capture 360-degree, detailed images of homes of people living with diabetes and translate them into 3-D. Read more


Shared Medical Appointments Touted as Effective and Efficient

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A growing number of physicians around the nation are embracing shared medical appointments as an effective and efficient way to treat increasing numbers of patients with chronic disease.

Shared medical appointments beneficial for both patient and physician, some say.

Group medical appointments beneficial for both patient and physician, some say.

 

The nation’s health care overhaul means millions more Americans will gain insurance coverage and access to doctors. Group appointments may be an answer to meeting the health care needs of a burgeoning patient population, especially in areas where there are physician shortages.

According to a recent study, meeting the country’s health care needs will require nearly 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025. More than 8,000 of that total will be needed for the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. Read more


Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Terms You Should Know

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Hospital Value Based PurchasingFrom CCHIT to PPACA, acronyms abound in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. Here is a list of common terms that you may want to commit to memory, if you haven’t already. Read more