I have big news to share.
Oprah Winfrey once advised her viewers, “Step into the new story you are willing to create.”  Thank you for indulging me as I share with you the new story I’m beginning to craft for myself and for the causes in which I deeply believe. I have decided to bring my firm, Amplify Public Affairs, to close by year’s end.  This was not a decision easily made.  My goal with Amplify was to create a firm that would shatter the conventional public affairs mold of press releases and pitch calls.  We focused on the value of strategic alliances, not only for the benefit of our clients but also ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Events Featured Uncategorized Women Source Type: blogs

Come on, take the seat at the head of the table – you know a guy would!
Well, it’s been some time since my last contribution to our Disruptive blog but I’m motivated today.  Typically, I’d spend my words touting the latest and greatest contributions of genomic science and technology to healthcare – which is both mind boggling and just beginning.  However, when I asked Robin whether she thought a blog on diversity might capture more attention – she resoundingly said YES given all that has been happening in the world around us.  So let me give it a go. I am passionate about the important role that women play in healthcare.  We bring so much to ou...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Disparities Health Health Reform Women Source Type: blogs

Innovative Strategies for Managing Patient Care through Mobility
This post was originally ran August 11, 2017 on Healthcare Business Today. The use of mobile technology by the healthcare industry is on the rise. Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that the use of these new technologies can greatly improve patient care.  It can also improve collaboration between caregivers, payers and clinicians which can increase the quality of care. A mobile, device-empowered, patient consumer has now opened the door for new care and treatment models that can be delivered virtually (video, text) by an equally remote and technology-enabled ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Health Reform Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Beyond the Health Costs of Bullying
Early in my career, I was a School Psychologist. My role at the time involved helping children with special needs by figuring out how they learned best and coaching teachers and parents to do likewise. In all those years, I never received a referral for bullying behavior or victimization. In recent years, as bullying has reached headlines, as a health policy analyst, I’ve noted the health-related consequences: physical complaints, depression, insomnia, nightmares and even, suicide. Recently, I saw reports of other costs I want to share. Data from California showed that among 7th, 9th and 11th graders, 10.4% of kids m...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Newsweek Profiles June 2012 Man of the Month, Matthew Zachary
Shout out to our very own June 2012 Man of the Month, Matthew Zachary, who e graces the cover of Newsweek. See his story and catch up on the wonderful work he is providing: http://www.newsweek.com/2017/07/28/matthew-zachary-stupid-cancer-millennial-support-group-638286.html (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Patients and “Their” Medical Records: Crossing the Chasm
This blog was originally published by Health Populi on July 17. Most physician practices and hospitals in the U.S. have installed electronic health records (EHRs). But in a classic Field of Dreams scenario, we have made patients’ medical records digital, but people aren’t asking for them or accessing them en masse. “How do we make it easier for patients to request and manage their own data?” asks a report from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC), Improving the Health Records Request Process for Patients – Highlights from User Experience Research. The ONC has been responsi...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Tech Tonics Podcast: Margaret Laws – Where Non-Profit & For-Profit Healthcare Innovation Collide
This post was originally published by Venture Valkyrie on July 10.  Margaret Laws has been working at the intersection of the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare world for many years. This world has had an explosion of activity to find solutions to major public health and personal health challenges; according to Margaret, these worlds are beginning to blur and the newest foundations and non-profits are actively trying to bring the resources and discipline of private business sector to the big problems we are facing in the social sector. Her life’s work has been to straddle both of these worlds and try to br...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Disruptive Women Celebrates Independence Day
As we get ready to celebrate July 4th I wanted to share some thoughtful words, difficult questions, and wonder how it is that in 2017, there are many in the US who do not know what it means to be free, to be independent. We have made such encouraging progress but before too many hotdogs and apple pie are consumed, join me in watching this video. You might want to go easy on the fireworks, until we can answer Frederick Douglass’ question: “What to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L60475SRXkk&sns=emFrederick Douglass “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negr...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

It Takes a Village, and a Tribe: Women Help Women Locally, Globally
The idea that “it takes a village” to raise children and maintain a healthy community has resonated for women all over the world ever since the 1975-85 UN Decade for Women brought women together from every corner of the world. “Women hold up half the sky,” became another mantra heard often at the 1995 review of the Decade known as the Fourth World Conference on Women. I thought about both expressions, reminders of women’s solidarity, strength, survival skills and commitment to social change and human rights, when I worked with pregnant refugee women in Greece recently. The experience grew out ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Using “citizen scientists” and crowdsourcing to spur medical progress
Preparing for this TEDMED talk gave me a wonderful occasion to pause and reflect.  With the release of the talk I have the space to give more color to experiences and ideas I shared there. When my husband Pat and I were faced with the pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) diagnosis of our children, we were shocked. The linear, idyllic, progression of life that we expected was derailed. Instead, a surreal unfolding ensued. Day by day we realized that we couldn’t go backwards to BEFORE. We also realized that we would have to go ahead into a space we never knew existed. This foray into biomedical research was be...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Rock Health: “Share your perspective. Take our survey for State of Women in Healthcare 2017″
We want to share this opportunity with the Disruptive Women audience to participate in a Rock Health Survey. More information below: Rock Health supports thought leadership by conducting research and analysis of the landscape for women’s leadership in healthcare. As part of its annual report, they are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities women encounter when pursuing career and personal goals. Its findings and final report will be published this year. Thank you for your participation! Take the survey at the following link: https://rockhealth.com/share-your-perspective-take-o...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Mother and Daughter Dynamic Duo: Fighting For Women ’s Health Equality
This essay was first published on MsMagazine.com. For decades, my mom and I have been a dynamic duo using the arts to creatively fight for women’s rights. And now we are using the arts to fight for my life. In the ’60-70s, during the burgeoning “Women’s Liberation Movement,” my mother, Bobbi Ausubel, co-wrote America’s first feminist play, How to Make a Woman. After each performance, cutting edge and ruckus consciousness raising groups helped women and men grapple with just how much gender roles dictated their lives. As a little girl, I couldn’t&n...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Celiac Disease: A Serious, Life-Changing Condition
I met Paul Graham courtesy of one of his essays.  Then, we talked by phone and I read – no devoured – his book, In Memory of Bread: A Memoir. Pardon the pun. Paul is a professor of English Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and on July 1 becomes Department Chair. He focuses on fiction and non-fiction creative writing and lives with his wife, Bec and their German shepherds. Paul, your book is the best description I’ve read about the challenges of being diagnosed with celiac. Can you summarize what happened? Given your experience, what recommendations would you have for clinicians? Sho...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Failure to Launch: How to Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes That Cause Digital Health Ventures to Crash and Burn
The digital health market in the first quarter of 2017 enjoyed continued momentum, with 71 deals totaling over $1B (which by some accounts, is actually a conservative estimate).[1]  But don’t let the steady deal flow fool you – it’s extremely challenging to successfully launch a digital health venture and even tougher to sustain it over the long-term. Many first-time founders and even serial entrepreneurs new to digital health expect to employ a lot of the tactics they learned in business school or had success with in other industries.  They craft well-meaning plans to develop a minimum viable p...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The time is now: Addressing health inequities in rural minority populations
In 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights and said “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” In 2017 inequality in healthcare still exists and the consequences are striking. Health inequities or disparities in urban communities are well known and in some cases more resources may be available to address them than in a rural community. In rural previously homogenous communities these issues are even more significant as the minority community begins to grow but the healthcare systems have not changed or are not movi...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Saving a life through health IT
I recently watched Jimmy Kimmel share a personal story about his new son on live television. His son, Billy Kimmel, was born with an undetected heart defect that required immediate surgery. Because of the great healthcare his son received, Billy lives to see his future.  While my heart ached as I listened to Jimmy’s emotional message, I was overcome with appreciation for all the work medical professionals do within healthcare. I think of the compassion and care that clinicians provide every day for patient-centered care – within our own healthcare system and beyond.  These prestigious professionals ha...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Sparking Inspiration in Front Line Leaders
As an operation leader in ambulatory healthcare, my days are filled with “fire-fighting”—staffing the clinics, managing physician schedules, moving improvement work forward, etc.  Little time is spent on individual leadership development.  Let me be more honest–no part of my day is usually spent thinking about leadership.  Yet, it is absolutely essential for all of us to carve out time to further develop ourselves as leaders. Over the years, I have benefited from various forms of leadership development.   Whether from structured classes, coaching, or making tough mistakes, t...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

On Becoming a (Positively) Disruptive Woman, and Passing It on to Others
When I was 22 years old, I received my A.B. honors from the University of Chicago.  I had been taught that the world was entirely open to me.  I wanted to pursue a career in public health and healthcare, and began an intensive job search.  My heart was set on an Administrative Internship at Hennepin County Medical Center – an organization that fit well with my passion for health equity. I was told by my interviewer that I couldn’t apply for the position because I was female.  He added that the field of health leadership was limited to men, nuns and nurses, and I wasn’t any of them, so ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Increasing the Diversity of the Physician Workforce
“Any economist will tell you that diversification is the key to a secure portfolio. Any geneticist will tell you that diversification is key to maintaining hardy species of plants and animals. But somehow, when it comes to racial politics, the virtues of diversity are lost. Diversity in healthcare is not about fair representation – it is about saving lives.” – Commissioner George Strait, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of California, Berkeley A more diverse physician workforce is critical in health care and medical education in order to further promote excellence in medical...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Finding a place
I grew up in the middle of Orange County, California. A neighborhood so homogenous that I saw the Catholic kids in their plaid skirts and white shirts as alien and exotic. We passed on the sidewalk beside the parochial school playground with caution and wonderment. I was 14 and in high school before I realized that my friend, Buzz, was Jewish. This was the 1950s and early 1960s and sensitivity to differences meant not picking on the red-headed kid. In fits and starts, I found my eyes and ears opened to the reality of a different world–a larger world–than mine. In August of 1966, the Southeast L.A. community of ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

It ’s Not the Ceiling; It’s the Floor
We have newly designed office space at work. The conference rooms are now elegant glass enclosures with subtle glass doors at their center. One day I sat in a meeting and watched a female colleague approach the doors at full speed, coffee in one hand, papers in the other. She was running late but had arrived at the right room. She was where she was meant to be. I glanced back at the table, preparing to present my work, when I heard the loud thud. I looked up just in time to see the woman collide into the glass door. Papers flew into the air and coffee fell to the floor. She looked stunned, as did everyone in the conference...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Turn Down The Radio So You Can See Better: Distractions in Healthcare
The scene is familiar to any ophthalmologist: Your long-time patient, Mrs. Howell, sits centered in the grand exam chair. She is elderly but not frail. Today she is unusually nervous. Her daughter and son (whom I have never previously met) occupy the bench that lines right wall of every exam room. On my left, a familiar Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles form rests on the computer keyboard– a place where my technicians know it won’t be overlooked. Everyone knows good vision is essential for safe driving.   Vision is critical and vision is measurable.   Eye doctors are, therefore, rout...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Honoring Carol Emmott, PhD: Meet the Fellows Coming to Washington, DC
The statistics are draining. We know that while “women comprise over 75% of the healthcare workforce, only 8% of the top 100 hospitals in the US are led by a female CEO.”  It isn’t just hospitals, of course. All you have to do is look at the numbers across the board (and in board rooms), in venture funding, in pay disparities, and all through-out the health care sector, and it is hard not to be frustrated and outraged. As Disruptive Women in Health Care, we are also driven to action. One of the best ways to drive change is to highlight the great work of others and jump in and collaborate. In that spi...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Age Out Loud
May is Older Americans Month. The theme this year, established by the Administration for Community Living is Age Out Loud. It encourages wellness, knowing rights, remaining engaged and exploring new things. I like the idea of “exploring new things” and the one I’d suggest we explore the support people need to age-well-in-place. Aging challenges faced by older people throughout history are increasingly complicated as traditional “villages” support has eroded and, for many people, no longer exist. This happened for several reasons, among them: Changes in family size and structure. Families toda...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers
Women have always been caregivers. Whether looking after small children, elders, other family members or friends in small communities, tending to others in urban settings with limited support systems, or acting as professional caregivers in institutional settings, we have been the primary providers of physical care and emotional support in a variety of settings and circumstances throughout the ages. Today that remains true, and being the main caregiver may be more vital than ever. As women have children later and elders live longer, we are challenged by competing demands and shrinking resources. Many of us have elderly par...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Loneliness: A Silent Epidemic
Loneliness.  It is an epidemic that has silently gripped the nation. And it is not going away.  I wrote about the issue back in February: http://www.disruptivewomen.net/2017/02/23/loneliness-and-its-impact-on-health-share-your-story/.  In that post, we announced that we were looking for ways to help.  And we found one! Dr. Jeremy Nobel, Founding CEO at the Foundation for Art and Healing, is spearheading The Creatively Connected Film Festival, which involves a film contest, digital platform, public health outreach, and evening of celebration in New York City on May 9, 2017.  Sharing information abou...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Disruptive Women Mourns the Loss of 2017 Woman to Watch Trish Vradenburg
2017 Disruptive Woman to Watch Trish Vradenburg, who was the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, died on Monday. Disruptive Women offers its sincerest condolences to the Vradenburg family and the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s community. The following is a statement issued today by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.       UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Mourns Passing Of Adored And Inspirational Co-Founder And Vice-Chair Trish Vradenburg Trish’s Deep-Rooted and Unflinching Passion to Fight Alzheimer’s Creates Admirable and Aspirational Legacy WASHINGTON, DC, April 18, 2017 – UsAgain...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Taking on Women ’s Heart Health the Old-Fashioned Way
This editorial was originally published by Morning Consult on 4/14. Heart disease claims the lives of more women than any other illness — more than all types of cancer combined — so let’s set straight the myth that heart disease is a man’s disease. While an estimated 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, cardiovascular disease among women remains an invisible disease in the national conversation. It’s time we focus more attention on the unacceptable number of mothers, daughters and sisters we have lost, and spread awareness of this silent killer of women. Every 80 seconds a woman dies of...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Children of Medicaid
This article was originally published on Complex Child.  Compiled by Susan Agrawal I’ve been continually surprised by how many people think Medicaid is just for poor families on welfare. Those of us who parent children with complex medical needs know that Medicaid is so much more than that. After all, 72% of Medicaid enrollees are children, people with disabilities, and the elderly, and these groups account for 84% of spending. Medicaid provides vital services for children, including home nursing care and therapies, that are not otherwise covered. In this article, we will share just a few of the children with me...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Bohemian, Er, I Mean Health Tech Rhapsody
This post was originally published by Venture Valkyrie on April 2. By Lisa Suennen In my nearly 20 years in healthcare venture capital, I have heard at least 37 million pitches for technology solutions to help patients be healthy, get healthy, stay healthy, One of the questions I most frequently ask entrepreneurs is this: What patient research have you done? How many potential consumers/customers have you interviewed to know there is a market for your wares? Guess what the most common answer to this question is? Wait for it… None. That is often the answer. Seriously. Second place is “one,” as in “m...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Some Things are Better Left Unsaid
It’s been on the news, but thankfully not too much. The US Preventive Health Services Task Force just issued a statement saying there was “no evidence of value for celiac disease screening.” Taken out of context, without a careful reading of the statement, an understanding of the distinction between “screening,” “diagnosis,” and “case finding,” without sufficient background about the role of the Task Force, and in the midst of today’s controversies about “going gluten free,” this statement might easily lead to misinterpretation by patients, families, c...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

How public libraries help build healthy communities
This blog was originally posted by Brookings on March 30, 2017. By Marcela Cabello, Brookings Research Assistant, and Stuart M Butler, Brookings Senior Fellow – Economic Studies They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Increasingly in the United States, you also can’t judge a library’s value to its community by simply its books. Let us explain. In a previous blog post, we’ve noted the importance of “third places” in strengthening communities – meaning those places that are neither one’s home (first place) nor workspace (second place). A range of such third pla...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Women ’s Health Activist Movement Global Announces “Big Idea” Challenge with $10,000 Prize to Improve Women’s Health in Western PA
                  The Pittsburgh chapter of the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMGlobal) has issued a request for video applications for its 2017 “Big Idea” Challenge, which will award a $10,000 prize and the guidance of WHAMGlobal network members to a non-profit organization that identifies a strategy for improving women’s health and health equity in western Pennsylvania. The deadline for video submissions is April 30, 2017. WHAMGlobal is looking for one-minute video submissions that outline a pressing women’s health issue in western Pe...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Jess Mega of Verily Actually Is Making the World a Better Place
This blog was originally posted on Venture Valkyrie. Jessica Mega, an accomplished cardiologist and now Chief Medical Officer at Alphabet’s Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), says she joined the venerable Silicon Valley company to help patients. According to Jess, physicians who love patients need to lean into the tech world because great tech that doesn’t actually change care doesn’t have much of a chance, implying also that it doesn’t have much of a point. Very early to the concept of what is now called Precision Medicine, Jess helped pioneer the idea of large scale patient data collection (e...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Before Thursday ’s ACA repeal and replace vote – a throwback to 2012
Before Thursday’s ACA repeal and replace vote, we’d like to share a post from 2012, when Disruptive Women in Healthcare Founder Robin Strongin moderated a panel held by The Hill at the Republican National Convention on the future of health care policy. Among the panelists were former Sen. Trent Lott; Rep. Tom Price; Dr. Donald Palmisano, MD, JD, former president of the American Medical Association; and Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League. Check out the recap (with video) of that event: http://www.disruptivewomen.net/2012/09/07/robin-strongin-disrupts-the-rnc/   (Sourc...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Beyond Repeal and Replace
While most of the attention in the health zone is being sucked up by the latest attempt to repeal ACA and replace it with God knows what, there exists a disturbingly high number of health related issues that never seem to get the attention they deserve. So I thought I would remind us about a few of them — (would love to hear from others–what else should be on this list?): Hunger: do you have any idea how many children go to school hungry? How many older people do not get enough nutrition? How many homeless people and people living in poverty go to bed hungry? Hospitals’ tax-exempt status: what are hospit...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Advocacy Source Type: blogs

How the Wrong Medicaid Reforms Could Devastate Young People with Complex Medical Needs
This post was authored by Sophia Jan MD, MSHP; Ahaviah Glaser, JD; and Rebecca Kim. It was originally published by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Policy Lab blog.  Current proposals to simultaneously repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reform the federal Medicaid program would be devastating to children and young adults with disabilities and complex medical needs. Even if the final ACA replacement plan continues to allow young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26 – which is a benefit largely supported on both sides of the polit...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

In Honor of International Women ’s Day 2017…
In Honor of International Women’s Day 2017, we give a shout-out to our Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017! http://www.disruptivewomen.net/2017/01/30/17-disruptive-women-to-watch-in-2017/ Linda Avey Co-founder 23andMe and Co-founder and CEO, Curious Inc. Biography Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton Inaugural Director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science, University of Arizona Health Sciences Biography Dr. Maria C. Carrillo Chief Science Officer, Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer’s Association Biography Meryl Comer Founding Board Member, USAgaistAlzheimer’s and President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Patient Advocates Targeted with Unwarranted Criticism
A study in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, dings patient-advocacy groups for taking funds and engaging with experts from biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. It’s an unfortunate (though familiar) drumbeat, insinuating – though not proving – a conflict-of-interest because money is involved. Guilty until proven innocent – once the charge is made – is hard to defend against. Having worked with more than 1,500 patient advocacy groups in 26 countries for more than 40 years, I can. The late Henreitta Aladjem, founder of the Lupus Foundation and the first advocate...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Loneliness and its Impact on Health: Share Your Story
A friend of mine reached out not to long ago and asked if we could meet for coffee.  She had something she wanted to talk to me about and I was intrigued. It had been some time since we had seen each other so we spent a bit of time catching up on friends and family.  Of course most of that time was focused on our kids–how proud we are of them, how fortunate we are to have great relationships with them, and how quiet it is at home now that they are out of the house. As we made our way from coffee to food (hers was the healthy meal choice, mine, not so much) she shared that she had been thinking about, and do...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

See You at HIMSS 2017
Hope to see you on Tuesday where we will be discussing NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTY: Disruptive Women Style.     (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Gaming the System
This post was originally published by  The Health Care Blog  on February 11.  As physicians ready themselves for the future of medicine under onerous MACRA regulations, it seems appropriate to glance into the future and visualize the medical utopia anticipated by so many.  Value-based care, determined by statistical analysis, is going to replace fee for service. Six months ago, I received my first set of statistics from a state Medicaid plan and was told my ER utilization numbers were on the higher end compared to most practices in the region.  This was perplexing as my patients...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Medicaid Source Type: blogs

Heart Month: Disruptive Woman Dr. Bernadette Melnyk Shares Her Story
This post was originally published by the Women’s Heart Alliance on February 10. When people ask how I became interested in health and wellness, I have to tell them about the tragedy that forever changed my life. My mom had a stroke right in front of me and died when I was home alone with her at age 15. She had a history of headaches and saw her family physician one week before she died. My mom was diagnosed with high blood pressure and given a prescription for a high blood pressure medication that my dad found in her purse after she died. As you can imagine, this traumatic event had a major impact and left me s...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Health Health Professions Health Reform Wellness Women Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Health Care Worries Top Terrorism, By Far, In Americans ’ Minds
This article was originally published in www.healthpopuli.com on February 8, 2017. Health care is the top concern of American families, according to a Monmouth University Poll conducted in the week prior to Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration. Among U.S. consumers’ top ten worries, eight in ten directly point to financial concerns — with health care costs at the top of the worry-list for 25% of people. Health care financial worries led the second place concern, job security and unemployment, by a large margin (11 percentage points) In third place was “everyday bills,” the ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Affordable Healthcare Act Consumer Health Care Coverage Policy Disparities Health Reform Insurance Personalized Medicine Source Type: blogs

Super Bowl 2017
Founder and CEO SageMy™Life. Regardless of whether your team won, you’ve no doubt been delighted, entertained and inspired by the commercials that aired last night. There are too many I liked to pick a favorite, but in the spirit of this blogspace, I yield my time and give my vote to Audi. It’s a beautiful statement, to which I’ll add this. May he never have to explain to her: Why she must pay more for access to health care than the men around her; Why she – and not her male relatives or work colleagues – will need to leave the workforce to be an unpaid family caregiver, suffering a los...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Consumer Health Care Coverage Policy Disparities Health Reform Insurance Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Hostels for Hope: Easing the Burden for Women with Cancer
This article was originally published on www.impatientoptimists.org on February 2, 2017. Sarah* is a 46-year-old mother of five and a cervical cancer survivor living in Tanzania. Survival wasn’t easy. She had to travel over 300 miles from her village to one of only two treatment facilities in the entire country; once she got there, she had no place to stay. Like Sarah, many of the over 10,000 Tanzanian women diagnosed with cervical or breast cancer each year face two major challenges – how to pay for transportation to the capital, Dar es Salaam, and where to stay for the duration of their treatment. F...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Career Comparative Effectiveness Research Disparities Global Development Global Health Health Reform Patients Patients' Rights Publc Health Quality Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Top 5 Misconceptions and Questions about Public Health Tech
1. What is public health tech anyway? Public Health Tech, is any tech product or tech-enabled service that prevents the onset of disease or addresses the needs of medically vulnerable populations. This is an emerging niche of Digital Health growing due to the collision of digital health and public health. This collision has been catalyzed by two expanding pressures: Digital health failures: After a five year boom, 2016 was not a kind year to digital health. According to Rock Health, digital health VC funding made a slight dip to $4.2 billion after a record $4.5 billion in 2015. The overwhelming sense is that the party wa...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Health IT Source Type: blogs

17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017
Today, we are proud to launch our 17 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2017.  As is our custom and commitment to our thesis—Disruptive Women seeks to highlight women from a broad cross-section of disciplines, all of whom profoundly impact health and health care. This year we are doing something different. Given the enormity of the issues we are facing globally, when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, we are focusing this year’s class of extraordinary women on those who are committed to ridding the world of this scourge. Lest you think this affects only the elderly (whatever that means)...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - January 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Women Source Type: blogs

Driving Progress in 2017
This article was originally published on January 26, 2017 in www.wewontwaitcampaign.org. In the United States, a change of administration always brings uncertainty. With new leaders entering Congress and the White House, we at WA2 know we can turn that uncertainty into opportunity. Opportunity because we know finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and alleviating its burden on families can bring us together. WA2 is committed to continuing to lead a campaign to promote women’s brain health and fight against Alzheimer’s. 2017 is a critical year in our battle to stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks by 2020. We...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - January 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Health IT Health Reform Source Type: blogs