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miamizsun

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Posted: Feb 5, 2019 - 3:13pm

because someone has to give a poop...

Monitoring Heart Health, One Toilet Seat at a Time

This smart seat keeps tabs on your heart while you take care of business



Time and again, studies show that people are not good at consistently taking medication, following health care plans, or regularly recording health information, even when our doctor tells us to. 

And that’s a big problem in health care. In fact, the World Health Organization says that getting people to adhere to medical interventions could have a greater impact on world health than any specific medical treatment. 

Now, a team at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York has come up with a clever way to get patients with heart failure to track their heart health—let a toilet do it for them. 

Sensors in a new battery-powered, cloud-connected toilet seat track blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and other heart data as accurately as hospital-grade monitoring equipment in a small group of patients, according to a study in the January issue of the journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

The idea of a “smart toilet” isn’t new—Google has a patent on a health-tracking toilet and Japanese manufacturers Toto and Matsushita (now part of Panasonic) have each developed Wi-Fi–connected toilets—but most health-related toilet technologies focus on urine and stool analysis inside the bowl, rather than tracking vital signs using sensors in the seat.


miamizsun

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Posted: Feb 5, 2019 - 4:16am



 Steely_D wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:
here's a six part series of visualizations...

 

I think the next healthcare giant begins their care with "Everyone gets their healthcare through video visits or telephone appointments by default - and now let's define those situations that are exceptions to that baseline."

So many people just have a quick question about a rash or a swelling or a medication or a lab result. In antiquated Fee-for-service medicine, the doctor made money every time the patient had to come in.

In future, the docs should be salaried like at Kaiser Permanente, and then their goal isn't to drive revenue via labs or visits, but to simply deliver high quality health care. That's done with a national health insurance system (which eliminates the separate VA, Occ Med, and the County systems - think of the savings) that covers all citizens.

That decreases unnecessary ER visits for non-emergent problems, encourages people to get help sooner rather than later - returning them to or keeping them on the job better.

Folks ask me how to fix the system. I'm not kidding when I say nuke it from orbit. So, although I don't care much for Kamala Harris yet, I appreciate her willingness to say the same. Healthcare for all? That would ruin the insurance system! Her response was basically: "so?"
 

there's the science, which is really making great strides (digitizing biology is very exciting to say the least)

also according to SU Exponential Medicine, some of the government/FDA are finally coming around

they realize that other countries are science friendly and that development and capture, esp IP will happen elsewhere

my concern is that the distribution/availability will be leveraged by double-speak politicians for special interests/groups

i don't have a lot of faith in harris, she seems very willing to change positions if it benefits her brand

Steely_D

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Posted: Feb 1, 2019 - 9:16pm



 black321 wrote:

Kaiser and the HMO model was an initial failure in many regards, as patients were denied or delayed life saving care. 

 ————

I think it takes people a while to figure out that giving bad care and getting bad press and even getting sued is ultimately more expensive than just doing it right. Despite that bit of common sense, I've met a lot of lazy, shiftless docs and I'm sure there are similar folks in all levels of administration and patient care.

And, some people just have rotten ideas that nearly bankrupt the company, like the guy that was running the doc portion of KP in the late 80s. Showing him the door and bringing in the brilliant Dr. Robbie Pearl literally saved the company. Those next three decades were the Golden Years.

It took a while to figure out the right business model as KP blazed a new trail. For instance: referring people out for sleep studies was costing the company a lot of money. So they bought the sleep lab and brought all the costs internally. Or, KP owns a bunch of MRI machines, so lets run them 6am-10pm 365 days and prevent delays in diagnosis or unnecessary hospitals stays.

What medical groups haven't learned fully yet (but KP is moving that way, intentionally) is that hospitals have to fully work, doing everything, seven days a week - not just M-F. If someone's admitted on Saturday morning, letting them sit in a hospital bed until Monday to see the specialist or get the nuclear study done is an extremely expensive and completely unnecessary waste of time (as well as a massive inconvenience to the patient and their family).

So, things change. You learn from the past, shuffle things around, and see if it's getting better. It's good to know the past - but better to know how things stand right now.
black321

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Posted: Feb 1, 2019 - 6:20am



 Steely_D wrote:

I think the next healthcare giant begins their care with "Everyone gets their healthcare through video visits or telephone appointments by default - and now let's define those situations that are exceptions to that baseline."

So many people just have a quick question about a rash or a swelling or a medication or a lab result. In antiquated Fee-for-service medicine, the doctor made money every time the patient had to come in.

In future, the docs should be salaried like at Kaiser Permanente, and then their goal isn't to drive revenue via labs or visits, but to simply deliver high quality health care. That's done with a national health insurance system (which eliminates the separate VA, Occ Med, and the County systems - think of the savings) that covers all citizens.

That decreases unnecessary ER visits for non-emergent problems, encourages people to get help sooner rather than later - returning them to or keeping them on the job better.

Folks ask me how to fix the system. I'm not kidding when I say nuke it from orbit. So, although I don't care much for Kamala Harris yet, I appreciate her willingness to say the same. Healthcare for all? That would ruin the insurance system! Her response was basically: "so?"
 
Kaiser and the HMO model was an initial failure in many regards, as patients were denied or delayed life saving care.  They have come a long way over the past 20-30 years, and the model could be just what our system needs.  Create a single payer model, with care provided by private HMO style organizations.  We already spend 18%-19% of GDP on healthcare, so we know the costs.  Provide vouchers to all citizens for them to obtain coverage from an HMO style organization.  And you are right, having everyone in the insured pool will help lower costs, by avoiding unnecessary expensive emergency procedures, that could be handled effectively with pharmaceuticals, the cheapest and most effective form of healthcare (contrary to popular belief, drug spending is not rising exponentially, in fact only in the low single digits).  Improved drug adherence overall will lower costs, as will new tech.  


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Posted: Feb 1, 2019 - 5:01am

 Steely_D wrote:

I think the next healthcare giant begins their care with "Everyone gets their healthcare through video visits or telephone appointments by default - and now let's define those situations that are exceptions to that baseline."

So many people just have a quick question about a rash or a swelling or a medication or a lab result. In antiquated Fee-for-service medicine, the doctor made money every time the patient had to come in.

In future, the docs should be salaried like at Kaiser Permanente, and then their goal isn't to drive revenue via labs or visits, but to simply deliver high quality health care. That's done with a national health insurance system (which eliminates the separate VA, Occ Med, and the County systems - think of the savings) that covers all citizens.

That decreases unnecessary ER visits for non-emergent problems, encourages people to get help sooner rather than later - returning them to or keeping them on the job better.

Folks ask me how to fix the system. I'm not kidding when I say nuke it from orbit. So, although I don't care much for Kamala Harris yet, I appreciate her willingness to say the same. Healthcare for all? That would ruin the insurance system! Her response was basically: "so?"

 
hear! hear!
Steely_D

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Posted: Jan 31, 2019 - 8:18pm



 miamizsun wrote:
here's a six part series of visualizations...

 

I think the next healthcare giant begins their care with "Everyone gets their healthcare through video visits or telephone appointments by default - and now let's define those situations that are exceptions to that baseline."

So many people just have a quick question about a rash or a swelling or a medication or a lab result. In antiquated Fee-for-service medicine, the doctor made money every time the patient had to come in.

In future, the docs should be salaried like at Kaiser Permanente, and then their goal isn't to drive revenue via labs or visits, but to simply deliver high quality health care. That's done with a national health insurance system (which eliminates the separate VA, Occ Med, and the County systems - think of the savings) that covers all citizens.

That decreases unnecessary ER visits for non-emergent problems, encourages people to get help sooner rather than later - returning them to or keeping them on the job better.

Folks ask me how to fix the system. I'm not kidding when I say nuke it from orbit. So, although I don't care much for Kamala Harris yet, I appreciate her willingness to say the same. Healthcare for all? That would ruin the insurance system! Her response was basically: "so?"
miamizsun

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Posted: Jan 31, 2019 - 4:19pm

here's a six part series of visualizations...

i'll tee up the first one for you

The 6 Forces Transforming the Future of Healthcare


ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 8:04pm

Apropos of nothing

Editors: Story Can End Here Superbug scare in Tijuana


R_P

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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 7:23pm

 kurtster wrote:
On a trip together to California in 2006, we went down to TJ for a meal and to buy albuterol inhalers for the wife.  Yes pharmacies were everywhere.  The price was pretty decent, too.  We bought a half a dozen.  Going back across the border, one of the agents noted all the inhalers buried in her purse but his partner said give her a break.  It is now nearly impossible to bring anything as innocuous as inhalers back let alone anything more serious.

That has little to do with Americans going down there for dental care and things like that which you can still do.  You just cannot bring anything back with you.  Americans / Californians have been going south of the border for cheap medical care since I can remember and I'm pretty damn old now.  This is hardly breaking news.

remember Laetrile ?  When that was 'discovered' as a cancer treatment is when people first started going south of the border for medical treatment when it was banned in the States.  Since then they discovered that other services were inexpensive and kept on going back for more medical care.

I was there in the late 90's when I noticed, but didn't give it much thought at the time. I actually remembered seeing that and sort of "connected the dots" when I was reading this article about healthcare. As I mentioned somewhere earlier, I know Canadians that had (usually expensive) dental work done in Cuba cheaply.
kurtster

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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50pm

 R_P wrote:
One of the things that struck me in Tijuana was the number of Farmacias.
Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About

 
On a trip together to California in 2006, we went down to TJ for a meal and to buy albuterol inhalers for the wife.  Yes pharmacies were everywhere.  The price was pretty decent, too.  We bought a half a dozen.  Going back across the border, one of the agents noted all the inhalers buried in her purse but his partner said give her a break.  It is now nearly impossible to bring anything as innocuous as inhalers back let alone anything more serious.

That has little to do with Americans going down there for dental care and things like that which you can still do.  You just cannot bring anything back with you.  Americans / Californians have been going south of the border for cheap medical care since I can remember and I'm pretty damn old now.  This is hardly breaking news.

remember Laetrile ?  When that was 'discovered' as a cancer treatment is when people first started going south of the border for medical treatment when it was banned in the States.  Since then they discovered that other services were inexpensive and kept on going back for more medical care.


Isabeau

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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 4:12pm



 R_P wrote:
 
Pig nose ugly in yo face  isn't inspiring affection. Pork chops, maybe you needs a hobby?

R_P

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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 1:17pm

One of the things that struck me in Tijuana was the number of Farmacias.
Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About
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Posted: Jan 24, 2019 - 5:29am

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Posted: Jan 9, 2019 - 1:35pm

From a VA nurse: What do you call a patient in a VA hospital who has 2 arms and 2 legs?
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Pre-op
pigtail

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Posted: Jan 9, 2019 - 10:25am



 miamizsun wrote:


what's your general diagnosis?  treatment?

interested in your perspective 


 
Let's take out some of the funding for weaponry and take care of those that put their lives on the line.  It also shouldn't matter if that Vet makes 10,00 a year of 100,000.  If you served your time in the military and were honorably discharged than you earned that benefit.  Those who supposedly make too much income to qualify for benefits is BS.  These people earned it regardless of what they did after their service to the country is complete.  I know you didn't mean my perspective but you got it anyway.......LOL

Steely_D

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019 - 1:22pm



 miamizsun wrote:


what's your general diagnosis?  treatment?

interested in your perspective 


 

Too much inertia. Too many people with self-preservation in mind who can't make hard decisions. You can't move forward if you have to convince all those people of your ideas, especially if it will change their lives.


miamizsun

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019 - 1:14pm

 Steely_D wrote:


 oldviolin wrote:
my first hand experiences with the VA healthcare system is one of frustration and wasted time. We have a brand new facility here and a revolving door of practitioners.
All those promises. All the money drops.
Hello? Gladhanders and politicians? Are you there? Save a couple of bucks and just implement a voucher system so we can skip the facade? Please. The building is beautiful. There are people in there trying to do a good job.  The system however...overburdened and woefully inefficient at the cost of quality of life. 

/rant
 

If we provided a national healthcare system the need for a full-featured VA system, or a Workman's Comp, or County Hospitals - they'd all go away. The Vets would still need some care specific to their experiences (a la Agent Orange), but an entire independent system of hospitals, etc? Gone, replaced with a national electronically connected system available to all vets, all poor, all injured.

We already spend more per capita than a lot of other nations, and have worse outcomes. 


 

what's your general diagnosis?  treatment?

interested in your perspective 


Steely_D

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019 - 1:05pm



 oldviolin wrote:
my first hand experiences with the VA healthcare system is one of frustration and wasted time. We have a brand new facility here and a revolving door of practitioners.
All those promises. All the money drops.
Hello? Gladhanders and politicians? Are you there? Save a couple of bucks and just implement a voucher system so we can skip the facade? Please. The building is beautiful. There are people in there trying to do a good job.  The system however...overburdened and woefully inefficient at the cost of quality of life. 

/rant
 

If we provided a national healthcare system the need for a full-featured VA system, or a Workman's Comp, or County Hospitals - they'd all go away. The Vets would still need some care specific to their experiences (a la Agent Orange), but an entire independent system of hospitals, etc? Gone, replaced with a national electronically connected system available to all vets, all poor, all injured.

We already spend more per capita than a lot of other nations, and have worse outcomes. 



oldviolin

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019 - 10:48am



 pigtail wrote:


 oldviolin wrote:
my first hand experiences with the VA healthcare system is one of frustration and wasted time. We have a brand new facility here and a revolving door of practitioners.
All those promises. All the money drops.
Hello? Gladhanders and politicians? Are you there? Save a couple of bucks and just implement a voucher system so we can skip the facade? Please. The building is beautiful. There are people in there trying to do a good job.  The system however...overburdened and woefully inefficient at the cost of quality of life. 

/rant
 

Its a pathetic system.  I deal with it everyday in my industry.  Part of the reason why I don't understand the giant vet base of Trump supporters.
 

Is that like the giant women's base of support for Hillary Clinton? Asking for a friend...
sirdroseph

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019 - 10:08am

 pigtail wrote:


 oldviolin wrote:
my first hand experiences with the VA healthcare system is one of frustration and wasted time. We have a brand new facility here and a revolving door of practitioners.
All those promises. All the money drops.
Hello? Gladhanders and politicians? Are you there? Save a couple of bucks and just implement a voucher system so we can skip the facade? Please. The building is beautiful. There are people in there trying to do a good job.  The system however...overburdened and woefully inefficient at the cost of quality of life. 

/rant
 

Its a pathetic system.  I deal with it everyday in my industry.  Part of the reason why I don't understand the giant vet base of Trump supporters.

 
If the state of the VA is a litmus test for support of an administration; pretty sure vets should not have supported ANY of our Presidents.  Either that or the VA has only been messed up for 2 years, but I'm pretty sure that is not right.  Vet support of Trump has nothing to do with health care I assure you. Right or wrong it is all about attraction to machismo persona from our warrior class.   Alpha male stuff. {#War}
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