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So far Vance Vanier has created 30 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 |2021-06-28T15:21:54+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 |2020-11-19T15:14:35+00:00April 12th, 2020|Blog|

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 |2021-04-06T20:09:13+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 |2020-11-19T15:26:39+00:00September 18th, 2019|Blog|