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So far Vance Vanier has created 14 blog entries.

The Doctor is a Video Call Away, But for How Long?

A mother, torn between her worry over her young son’s rash and the fear of leaving isolation, finds solace in a phone consultation with a pediatrician. A confirmed COVID-19 patient quarantines at home, knowing that his texted check-ins with his primary care physician will help him get car without putting others at risk. An elderly [...]

By |2020-06-24T19:13:58+00:00June 24th, 2020|Blog|

Using Digital Tools to Support Women’s Health

In a time when more patients than ever are seeking digital touchpoints, those in the primary care sector would do well to consider how digital tools could be used in conjunction with in-office care to support female patients’ everyday health.  In recent years, direct-to-consumer solutions have significantly expanded women’s access to contraceptives, fertility tracking, and [...]

By |2020-06-12T16:49:41+00:00June 12th, 2020|Blog|

Will Privatizing the VA’s Mental Healthcare Services Help Lower Veteran Suicide?

In recent years, American veterans’ need for high-quality mental healthcare has become painfully apparent as rates of veteran suicide have reached new and troubling heights.  The suicide rate for veterans currently stands at 1.5 times higher than that for non-veteran adults, even after adjusting for population differences in age and sex. According to statistics provided [...]

By |2020-06-12T16:44:48+00:00April 12th, 2020|Blog|

Where Has AI Made Real Progress in the Healthcare Sector?

Artificial intelligence has a way of capturing public interest. Newspaper headlines and startup pitches alike present visions for the future that seem, at times, only a step removed from science fiction. Take the aviation sector as an example. Last year, writers for Bloomberg reported that multiple companies -- from industry powerhouses like Boeing to tiny [...]

By |2019-12-18T18:32:03+00:00December 18th, 2019|Blog|

Ophthalmology Access for Low-Income Families: Where We Are, Where We Should Be

Access to preventative ophthalmic care is not as widespread as it should be, particularly among lower-income communities. Recent statistics indicate that one out of every five children in the United States has vision problems. However, according to a 2016 report from Project HOPE, an international healthcare organization, children in less-affluent households are significantly less likely [...]

By |2019-07-08T20:43:36+00:00July 15th, 2019|Blog|

Interesting Advancements in Ophthalmology

Recent advancements in ophthalmologic research have allowed for significant innovations in surgical procedures and care. Not all of these developments are yet FDA-approved, however, they do show promise to help patients retain their sight when confronted by vision-destroying diseases. Below, I highlight a few of the most interesting advancements in current ophthalmology research and practice.  [...]

By |2019-07-08T13:40:45+00:00July 8th, 2019|Blog|

Opportunities for Care Delivery Innovation in Women’s Healthcare

There is a clear opportunity for care delivery innovation in the field of women’s health. The field encompasses a spectrum of gender-specific needs that a woman will encounter over her lifetime; however, common understanding and practice can incorrectly limit women-specific healthcare to the reproductive system.   Critical biological and behavioral differences between genders often impact [...]

By |2019-04-10T19:29:28+00:00April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Integrated Care: A New Model for Pediatric Treatment

The cost of healthcare fragmentation is a steep one, both in cost and patient outcomes. When most laypeople plan for specialized care, they anticipate a straightforward process. If a patient has a heart condition, they can make an appointment with a local cardiologist; if they have a mental health concern, they can reach out to [...]

By |2019-11-26T20:42:40+00:00February 6th, 2019|Blog|

Transformations in Veterinary Care Mirror Healthcare Specializations for Humans

Historically, most pet owners viewed the veterinarian’s office as a one-stop shop. Unlike human patients, who might see one specialist for their irregular heartbeat and another for their itching eyes, veterinary general practitioners were expected to handle the majority of pet health concerns in-house. Referrals were rare; visits to specialists were even fewer. Today, our [...]

By |2020-06-16T15:48:18+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Blog|

Technology’s Role in Enhancing Senior Living Communities

When tech enthusiasts talk about senior care solutions, they tend to focus on the home. The lion's share of today's conversation centers on what communication apps and wearable technology can do to improve the experience of seniors who have decided to age in place. This focus is undoubtedly essential, given that 61% of seniors intend [...]

By |2018-12-10T15:42:42+00:00December 10th, 2018|Blog|