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The U.S. Has a Major Maternal Mortality Problem

Maternal mortality rates in the United States have reached an alarming high. According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report published in the spring of 2019, over 700 women die each year due to complications relating to a pregnancy -- and 60 percent of those fatalities, they estimate, could have been prevented.  The rate [...]

By |2020-09-18T17:42:33+00:00January 31st, 2020|Blog|

We Need to Recalibrate Our Transparency Efforts for Healthcare Pricing

For American consumers, healthcare prices are rarely clear or consistent. According to a 2016 report published in Health Affairs, the ratios of average state prices to national costs can vary significantly across regions. Florida, the study notes, has a ratio of 0.79, while Alaska tops the high-price list with prices over double that of the [...]

By |2020-09-18T17:48:46+00:00January 30th, 2020|Blog|

Veterinarians Require Greater Social and Industry Support

While there has been considerable discussion around the issue of physician burnout and mental health, there has been comparatively less for animal health providers. The problem is significant. In the fall of 2018, the CDC released a report noting that from 2003 to 2014, veterinarians died of suicide at a rate roughly twice that of [...]

By |2020-09-18T17:45:38+00:00January 28th, 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|

The Rise of Dental Therapy

Dental care access in the United States has ebbed to problematic low. According to Pew Trusts, more than 73 million people currently lack dental insurance, while nearly 57 million reside areas without a proportional supply of dentists. Recently-published data from the Health Resources and Service Administration further indicates that there are 6,772 designated dental health [...]

By |2020-09-18T17:35:38+00:00December 18th, 2019|Blog|

Changing Perceptions of Hospice in the United States

Perceptions of hospice have undergone a pervasive and remarkable change in the last few decades. Twenty years ago, the word would almost invariably prompt backlash from patients and their families, who felt that their doctors were giving up on their care. It was a negative experience both for the patients who had to come to [...]

By |2020-09-18T17:32:08+00:00September 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|