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In the Loop December 2018: Social Media & Depression, Researchers Find Fountain of Youth, Infant Ibuprofen Recall, & More!

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Top Health Updates:

#1 How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness

Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, anxiety, poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem, inattention, and hyperactivity — often in teens and adolescents. The list goes on. However, these studies are almost entirely of an observational or correlational nature. But, a new study concludes that there is in fact a causal link between the use of social media and negative effects on well-being, primarily depression and loneliness.

#2 Fountain of Youth? Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger

People in their 70s who have been exercising regularly for decades seem to have put a brake on the aging process, maintaining the heart, lung and muscle fitness of healthy people at least 30 years younger. Read More

#3 Electronic Health Records Bogging Docs Down

Electronic health records are supposed to help doctors, but stress from using them may lead to burnout — and primary care doctors are at greatest risk, new research suggests.

#4 Infants’ Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others

Tris Pharma Inc. has voluntarily recalled three lots of infants’ liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar, because they may contain too much ibuprofen. Read More

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Early Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Associated With Lower Imaging Rates, Opioid Prescriptions, and Overall Cost

In findings on neck pain that echo the results of similar studies on low back pain, researchers have identified an association between early consultation with a physical therapist (PT) and lower rates of opioid prescription, imaging, and injections. Those lower-use rates contributed to significant cost savings over a 1-year study period compared with patients who waited 90 days or more before seeing a PT, according to the study’s authors.

Two More Valsartan Drugs Make Growing Recall List

Two more valsartan blood pressure drugs have been recalled because of impurities in its key ingredient. Teva Pharmaceuticals announced a nationwide recall of all amlodipine/valsartan combination tablets and all amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to a problem with the valsartan active ingredient manufactured in Mylan, India. An impurity known as N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) was found in Mylan’s valsartan. NDEA has been found to possibly cause cancer in humans.

The FDA in July announced the recall of five other valsartan products for NDEA contamination as well as possible contamination from a similar impurity, NDMA. Several more recalls were announced in August, while an irbesartan-based blood pressure drug was recalled earlier this month, along with another made with losartan. Read More

Infections Like Flu, UTI Can Put You at Higher Risk for Heart Attack

Unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and smoking cigarettes are all well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. So are conditions such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Now a new study adds to that list. Researchers found that in older adults, infection increased the risk of having a coronary event — such as a heart attack — or stroke over the next three months.

Singing Relieves Symptoms of Parkinson’s

According to a recent pilot study, singing therapy might reduce some of the difficult-to-treat motor and mood symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

AHSA: 10 Tips for Getting Kids to Go Low Tech This Holiday Season

For audiologists and speech-language pathologists craving a lower-tech holiday season professionally and personally, share these 10 tips to make this goal a reality and help families instead embrace conversation, communication and bonding this holiday season. Read More

More Sickened in E. Coli Outbreak Affecting Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says

The number sickened in an E.coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce has grown to 52. Read More

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September 2017 In the Loop – Dangers of Delayed Hospice Care, Stuttering Treatment, Increasing Stroke Deaths and Much More!

Top Health Updates:

#1Many May Get Hospice Care Too Late

Despite a growing list of debilitating symptoms during the final months of life, most seniors never receive end-of-life hospice care — or they delay doing so until their last few weeks of life, new research finds… – Read More

#2Hurricanes’ Toll on Mental Health Will Linger

Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts say…Read More

#3 Football Fans Still Loyal Despite Concerns About Players’ Brains

Football remains America’s favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they’re concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey… The University of Massachusetts Lowell-Washington Post poll revealed that more than 80 percent believe there is either certainly or probably settled science that playing football causes brain injuries… – Read More

#4How to Clear Four Common Roadblocks to Coverage of Stuttering Treatment

Ease your clients’ and your own anxiety by learning how to navigate through (or around) these four common insurance roadblocks… – Read More

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American Nurses Association Calls for Action in Wake of Police Abuse of Registered Nurse

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is outraged that a registered nurse was handcuffed and arrested by a police officer for following her hospital’s policy and the law, and is calling for the Salt Lake City Police Department to conduct a full investigation, make amends to the nurse, and take action to prevent future abuses… – Read More

“Lumbar Fusion Is Usually a Business Model, Not Effective Treatment”

“A new study again shows that for the most severe low back patients with spinal stenosis and slipped vertebrae, adding in hardware does nothing but enrich hardware manufacturers and surgeons.”… Read More

New Tests Could Offer Early Alzheimer’s Warning

One of the tests takes about 20 minutes. It is noninvasive, affordable, and has been highly accurate in determining if someone does not have the disease and also has a good track record for being able to tell patients when they do have it… Read More

Uptick in U.S. Stroke Deaths Sets Off Alarms: CDC

Progress in preventing stroke deaths in the United States has stalled after 40 years of decline, and may even be reversing, government health officials say. Furthermore, Americans are suffering strokes at younger ages now, too… Read More

Fluoride Exposure in Utero Linked to Lower IQ in Kids, Study Says

Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says… – Read More

Turn It Off: Study Finds TV-Watching Linked to Higher Risk of Later Mobility Disability in Older Adults

Older adults who choose to spend most of their time sitting and very little time being physically active risk sacrificing their mobility later on: that’s the conclusion of a new study that says adults 50 to 71 who spend more than 5 hours a day watching television and fewer than 3 hours a week being physically active triple their chances of experiencing a mobility disability at some point in the future… – Read More

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August 2017 In the Loop – Eclipse Eye Damage, Dreaming and Dementia, OTC Hearing Aid Implementation and Much More!

Top Health Updates:

#1Hold the Phone: Handheld Screen Uses Linked to Delayed Speech Development

A recent study from the University of Toronto says every 30 minutes of daily screen use increases a child’s risk of developing speech and language delays by 49 percent for those ages 6 months through 2 years. … – Read More

#2More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain

Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report. “There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sports. However, most of the research has focused on retired professional athletes with decades of exposure to head impacts,” said lead researcher Nathan Churchill. He’s a post-doctoral fellow in the neuroscience research program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “Far less is known about the consequences of repeated body-to-body contact for young, active athletes,” he said.Read More

#3 APTA Resource Makes It Easy to Deliver Personalized Comments on Proposed Home Health Rule

If a rule from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is adopted as proposed, physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) who work in home health could find themselves in a very different payment environment as early as 2019. That new environment could include a shift from 60- to 30-day episodes of care, and the startup of a new way to make case-mix adjustments that removes physical therapy service-use thresholds from the mix. All told, the changes being proposed could result in a $950 million payment reduction to home health, according to CMS. But the rule won’t be finalized until later this year, and CMS is asking for public comments on its proposal. Ready to fire up your computer? – Read More

#4Did You Damage Your Eyes Viewing the Eclipse?

Experts say cases always arise after these events, and here’s how to tell if you were affected…. – Read More

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Dreaming May Keep Dementia at Bay

According to new research, the rapid eye movement stage of sleep – which is when most of our dreaming occurs – may raise the risk of dementia if this phase is insufficiently entered… – Read More

Now That President Trump Signed It into Law, 5 Steps to OTC Hearing Aid Implementation

President Trump signed into law legislation requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop regulations related to over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This new category applies to adults with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss…. Read More

Woman Gets $417 Million Verdict from Johnson & Johnson in Baby Powder Cancer Suit

A Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene… Read More

FDA May Limit ‘Risk Info’ in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads

Prescription drug makers must now mention all benefits and risks in direct-to-consumer advertising, presenting viewers with a litany of potential harms, both major and minor. But a new approach being considered could trim those lists to feature only the most serious and potentially fatal side effects, according to the FDA… Read More

Back to School: Self-Advocacy Tips for Students Who Stutter

Speech-language pathologists can offer a child who stutters and their family several tools to help them minimize the negative impact of stuttering and develop healthy communication attitudes. This starts with education and advocacy… – Read More

New Cholesterol Drugs Vastly Overpriced, Study Contends

Are new medicines for people with out-of-control cholesterol wildly overpriced? It’s a question that’s sparking debate among consumers and providers of care… – Read More

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July 2017 In The Loop: Payment Reform, Therapy Cap, Rush Hour Pollution and More!


Top Health Updates:

#1Survey Reveals Differences in Readiness for Payment Reform Among Large Health Care Organizations

The march toward value-based payment models may be on, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s moving in lockstep—or even moving at all.
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#2Congressional Hearing on Medicare Addresses Therapy Cap, Speech-Generating Devices

The Medicare cap on outpatient rehabilitation therapy services and coverage of speech-generating devices were among the topics discussed at a House Subcommittee on Health hearing on July 20th that examined 11 bipartisan bills seeking to improve Medicare.
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#3Scans May Show Consciousness in ‘Comatose’ Patients

Sophisticated brain scans might be able to detect consciousness in brain injury patients who appear unconscious in the intensive care unit, a new study says.
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#4Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults with Diabetes

An occupational therapy intervention can help improve HbA1cand improve quality of life in young adults with diabetes, new research finds.- Read More

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Many People Being Treated for Alzheimer’s May Not Actually Have It

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s is a guessing game—and many doctors are guessing wrong, according to early results from a new study presented in London.- Read More.

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says.- Read More

Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

Everyone knows that exposure to pollution during rush hour traffic can be hazardous to your health, but it’s even worse than previously thought.- Read More

Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say.-Read More

Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned

In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment. –Read More

Parkinson’s Disease and Melanoma May Occur Together, Study Finds

People with Parkinson’s disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer, and conversely, people with melanoma have a fourfold higher risk of getting Parkinson’s, researchers report. –Read More

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June 2017 In The Loop: Healthcare Reform, Guided Exercise, Wallpaper Toxins and More!


Top Health Updates:

#1Avoid a Nasty Surprise from the Barbecue Grill

Summer wouldn’t be complete without ribs and burgers sizzling on the barbecue grill. But, according to a study those hot-weather American staples can bring a rise in injuries from an unlikely source.
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#2Senate Health Care Reform Bill Contains Provisions Opposed by APTA

Despite some changes designed to appeal to a wider ranzge of US senators, the newly released Senate version of health care reform still contains provisions that concern APTA: namely, a loosening of required “essential health benefits” (EHBs) that include rehabilitation services, and changes to Medicaid that could reduce the range of available benefits. Changes are still possible, however, and APTA has plans to reemphasize its positions as the Senate considers the bill.
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#3The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows

Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off — suggests new research.
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#4Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory, Protects Brain Against Alzheimer’s

The Mediterranean diet is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil. In a new study, the researchers show that consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain — classic markers of Alzheimer’s disease.- Read More

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Wallpaper May Breed Toxins: Study

Wallpaper may contribute to “sick building syndrome,” a new study suggests. Toxins from fungus growing on wallpaper can easily become airborne and pose an indoor health risk, the researchers said.- Read More.

Study Confirms Link Between Diabetes Med and Rare but Dangerous Complication

A new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors could increase the risk of ketoacidosis, a new study warns.- Read More

Babies’ Fascination with Faces May Start in the Womb

An infant’s fascination with faces is already evident in the womb, a new study contends.- Read More

Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners

Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study. –Read More

Leisure Activities Lower Blood Pressure in Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music — these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine. –Read More

Guided Exercise May Help Chronic Fatigue Patients: Study

An expert-guided, self-help exercise program may help people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a new study suggests. –Read More

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May 2017 In The Loop: Cardiac Bundling Delay, Exercise for Parkinson’s, Tele-Health Friendly Bill and More!

Recent health newsTop Health Updates:

#1Cardiac Bundling Program, CJR Expansion, Won’t Happen Until January 2018

The introduction of a mandatory Medicare bundling program for cardiac care that had been delayed until October has now been pushed back further to January 2018, according to a final rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). That delay also applies to plans to expand the comprehensive joint replacement model (CJR) already in place. – Read more

#2 First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds.
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#3New Bill Could Make Medicare More Telehealth-Friendly

Medicare could become much more open to telehealth if legislation introduced in the Senate recently makes its way into law. The proposal would expand where telehealth can take place, as well as which patients and providers can participate—including physical therapist (PTs) participating in some bundled payment models, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and Medicare Advantage plans.- Read More

#4The Water’s Not Fine: U.S. Pool-Linked Infection Doubles in 2 Years

Families seeking to cool off don’t expect to pick up a nasty infection. Yet, outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection have doubled in recent years at swimming pools and water playgrounds in the United States, health officials warn.- Read More

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Parkinson’s: 2.5 Hours of Weekly Exercise Benefits Mobility, Quality of Life

Exercising for at least 2.5 hours every week may help maintain physical health and quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggests.- Read More.

Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

A type 2 diabetes prescription drug appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.- Read More

No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums. One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn’t have any at all before their first birthday. Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup for their children altogether.- Read More

Older Adults May Not Benefit from Taking Statins

The benefits of statins for people older than 75 remain unclear, a new analysis finds. Statins did not reduce heart attacks or coronary heart disease deaths, nor did they reduce deaths from any cause, compared with people not taking statins, researchers report online May 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine. –Read More

1 in 3 Americans May Have Had Warning Stroke without Knowing It

A third of U.S. adults have had symptoms consistent with a mini-stroke, but nearly no one – only 3 percent – called 911 for help, according to a survey funded by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. –Read More

FDA Approves 1st New Drug for ALS in Decades

The first new drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in more than 20 years has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. –Read More

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April In The Loop – Physical Therapy multi-state licensure, Parkinson’s in the gut, FDA cancer drug crackdown & More!

Top Health Updates:

Multistate licensure compact set to begin in 2018

The possibility that physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) could one day gain practice privileges in multiple states without having to obtain multiple state licenses is now a reality… – Read More

FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer… – Read More

Opioid epidemic may be underestimated, CDC report says

Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic, causing 91 overdose deaths each day. Yet the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated, suggests new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. – Read More 

Diet sodas may be tied to stroke, dementia risk

Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of… – Read More

Can a marathon be run in under two hours?

A review of current data shows it took nearly two decades to decrease the world record by 3 minutes. But to do it in one leap has become the obsession of some runners and scientists. Academic research team Sub2 seeks to break the two-hour mark in the next 5 years and big sports brands such as Adidas and Nike are dedicating resources to the effort as well… – Read More

Children with elevated lead levels aren’t being tested or diagnosed

In the United States, pediatric health care providers are not doing enough testing of children’s blood lead levels in many states, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics… – Read More

Could Parkinson’s disease start in the gut?

Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve, according to a study published in the April 26, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology… Read More 

How to Prevent athletic injury by training your brain

When you kick a soccer ball into a goal, reach to catch a baseball or lengthen your gait while running to avoid a puddle, your brain sends signals to your muscles and joints to produce the desired movement. But did you realize those pathways go the other way, too? Read More

Common sedatives linked to risk of pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Commonly used sedatives called benzodiazepines are associated with an increased risk of pneumonia when used in people with Alzheimer disease, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)… Read More

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March 2017 In The Loop – Alzheimer’s treatments, unlikely benefit of Spinach, early Autism predictions, lack of athletic trainers & Much More!

Top Health Updates:

CDC: TBI Due to Falls Climbing at a Disproportionate Rate Among Older Adults

According to the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), better public awareness of the symptoms of and the need to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) may partly explain why the rates of emergency department (ED) visits rose between… – Read More

Autism predicted by infant brain changes, study says

It may be possible to predict whether an infant will go on to develop autism, researchers say. Overgrowth in brain volume during the first year of life forecasts whether a child at high risk of developing… – Read More

Scientists Use Spinach Leaves to Make Human Heart Tissue

Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Arkansas State University–Jonesboro placed human heart cells onto spinach leaves stripped of plant cells – effectively creating working… – Read More 

Researchers focus on cell membranes to develop Alzheimer’s treatments

These parts of the cell membranes of neurons turn out to be particularly vulnerable to a protein that collects in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of Michigan researcher… – Read More

Most US high schools lack athletic trainers

Many U.S. high schools don’t offer athletic training services and few employ full-time athletic trainers, according to a new study…. – Read More 

Brains of those with ADHD show smaller structures related to emotion

People diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have smaller brain… – Read More

How does nutrition affect children’s school performance?

As politicians debate spending and cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, there have been questions about the effects of nutrition programs for kids…. Read More 

What are we doing about the opioid epidemic?

If you’ve just come out of surgery or are suffering from chronic pain, you probably appreciate medicine that numbs it, like opioids. Unfortunately, research shows that even medical use of opioids comes with a cost… Read More

Birth control pills may protect against some cancers for decades

When it comes to oral contraceptives, women often hear about the increased cancer risk they pose. A new study, however, finds that the using birth control pills may protect against certain cancers for at least… Read More

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Mobile Technology Trends In Healthcare Part 1 – Impact On Therapists & Rehab Facilities

Chances are, you’ve used at least one app within the last 24 hours…

Mobile app use has become part and parcel in nearly every aspect of our lives. In fact, in 2015, iOS devices alone accounted for over 25 BILLION downloads. This trend is undoubtedly expected to continue as startups in Silicon Valley and large corporations alike gather around whiteboards, crafting blueprints for the next big app that will serve to feed our insatiable appetite for mobile dependency. The healthcare industry is no exception, with well over 50,000 apps in circulation. While a recent study done by the IMS Institute shows that the majority of these apps offer limited amount of dynamic collaboration between patient and provider, the trend is pointing towards major changes.

Just a few years ago, healthcare professionals relied almost exclusively on textbooks and seminars as their source for medical knowledge pertaining to our health. Most of us would never have imagined how they would leverage technology, both data and devices, to help diagnose and treat patients. Today, smart phones, watches and other devices are playing a critical role in providing accurate and nearly real-time insight into our health, for both diagnosis and treatment. Let’s take a closer look at the uptick in mobile app use in healthcare…

How Is Mobile Technology Impacting Practitioners?

For one, doctors are 250% more likely to own a tablet than any other type of consumer, of which 66% of these doctors use these devices for medical purposes. An astounding 40% of doctors report that mobile devices decrease time spent on administration while over 50% of them find that their mobile devices expedite the decision making process.

In an ideal mobile world, a Physical Therapist, for instance, would utilize an on-demand digital library app or website to better understand possible conditions and study various treatment techniques, all while engaging with a patient.

Such apps will allow practitioners like Physical Therapists or Occupational Therapists to not only have access to real-time instructional training modules, but also continuing education on specific topics that may even lend to their state accreditation requirements. This means they will be true mobile-practitioners, doing everything on the move and on-demand, with confidence.

Have Mobile Solutions Helped Rehab Facilities?

There are still many challenges ahead to ensuring rehab facilities and practitioners alike meet compliance and continuing education requirements. Today, most of the mobile app tools in the market still lack the collaborative engagement capabilities needed in a hands-on field like Physical Therapy, and oftentimes the technology may be overwhelming to therapists. Therefore, practitioners still tend to shy away from complex technologies and will often opt for more “traditional” solutions, so providing an intuitive and interactive mobile-based education delivery system would encourage greater adoption. Practitioners want to be certain that a mobile app will be directly beneficial in improving their own skill set and their patient’s treatment experience.

In addition to offering 800+ hours of mobile-ready video CE courses, CEU360 provides its large community of corporate and non-corporate clients with a self-paced reference mobile app, AssessmentPro®, giving Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers and RNs access to a proven mobile library containing hundreds of specific video-based assessment demonstrations they need, to be real-time experts in a fast-evolving healthcare climate.

CEU360 has been resolute in also creating, with invaluable feedback from its corporate partners, a mobile-friendly learning management system (LMS) which provides a more centralized repository of every employee’s HR on-boarding, compliance, continuing education, all resulting in improved employee engagement and retention, which many facility executives admit is one of their greatest challenges, according to a study done by.

Such mobile-friendly apps are helping CEU360’s corporate clients, their practitioners and administrators reallocate their valuable time towards becoming more patient and business centric. Such clients who are putting forth the investment into mobile healthcare technologies increasingly report better managed administrative efficiency, stronger employee engagement/retention, higher patient care satisfaction and ultimately, a visible business ROI, results by which are achieved through:

  • Increasing staff time spent with patients.
  • Cutting administration time on routine paperwork (for compliance management, etc…)
  • Eliminating dated education tracking models.
  • Reducing risk of non-compliance.
  • Utilizing interactive on-demand assessment demonstrations
  • Standardizing the HR on-boarding process for new hires.
  • Giving patients a more proactive role in their recovery process.

This is certainly a step in the right direction, and with more widespread proliferation of mobile smartphones in the hands of consumers and practitioners, the idea of mobilized therapy will become a mainstream supplement to effective healthcare treatment.


In part 2 of our coverage on Healthcare Mobile App Trends, we will examine patient adoption of mobile apps and its impact on the practitioner-patient dynamic for participating in a Mobile Rehabilitation Program, designed to reduce recovery times for patients.


August 2016 – Recent Health Articles: Opioids, Therapy Games, Michael Phelps, Post-Stroke Brain Damage Reversal & MORE….

Top Health Updates:

 

#1Avoid Opioids – Alternative Pain Management Options

With millions of people experiencing some form of pain, educating the public about alternative treatments is the responsibility of the medical and healthcare community.  New reports continue to come out about abuse and overutilization of opioid drugs, unfortunately amongst all socioeconomic levels across the United States. – Read More

#2 DDR-Style Games May Help Stroke Victims Recover Faster

Dr. Judy Deutsch, a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences at Rutgers University has created a video game called V-Step which can aid in the recovery therapy used to treat stroke victims. Similar to the game “Dance Dance Revolution,” players move their arms and legs to fulfill a series of on-screen commands. – Read More

#3 THIS Therapy Improves Motor Skills for Children with Cerebral Palsy

THIS form of therapy may improve gross motor function such as arms and legs coordination, and walking for children with cerebral palsy, according to a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 

#4 Need for Physical Therapists Expected to Keep Increasing

When Carley Mills hurt her shoulder playing basketball in the eighth grade, her days of shooting hoops were soon over. But she says the injury helped her discover what would become her future 
career: physical therapy. Read More

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Could Brain Damage Post-stroke Be Reversed?

Researchers in a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study say they have found a combination of human stem cells and a protein that created new, functional neurons in the brains of stroke-induced mice. Read More

We’re All Responsible For Our Opioid Reliance—Even Patients

Opioids are remarkable. But for some people, opioids are a little too remarkable. The well-being sensation from a pill prescribed after a surgical procedure can be life-changing. And some patients come back for more. As my mentor told me, prescribing opioid is like an airplane that is easy to take off the ground—but very difficult to land. – Read More

Flotation Therapy for Stress Relief

If Mitch Jordan’s new BMW had suffered a hit-and-run accident eight months ago, the venture capitalist owner near Pasadena, California, would have fumed. “I would have felt such resentment and anger toward whoever this person was,” imagines Jordan, 48, whose last name has been changed to protect his privacy.

But when that very scenario happened recently, he only felt one emotion: appreciation for the couple who witnessed the event, captured it on camera and offered to act as witnesses for insurance claims. “There are some good people out there that cover your back,” Jordan says he realized. “And so rather than being upset, I found myself only focusing on gratitude.” Read More

Michael Phelps Did It. Should You?

If you watched Michael Phelps Rio Games debut several weeks ago, when he propelled the United States 4×100-meter relay team to a gold medal, you may have also noticed him and several other Olympians with those skin marks as if they’d been in a bar fight. Well, those telltale dots actually are signs of “cupping,” an ancient Chinese healing practice that is experiencing an Olympic moment. – Watch Report

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