Duke Personalized Health Blog

Preventing Unnecessary ER Visits Using Personalized Health Planning

Each year in the United States, there are 130.4 million visits to the emergency department. These visits, especially nonemergency visits, are costly not only to the patient, but also to the health system. The average cost of an ER visit

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Treating Congestive Heart Failure at Duke: A Case Study of Delivery and Payment Reform

With rising healthcare costs and a rapidly aging population, finding sustainable and cost-effective ways to address chronic illnesses is one of the most critical pursuits in health care today. One strategy that has demonstrated promising results is Personalized Health Planning

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Following the Money: How and What We Reimburse Doctors for Matters

There is growing recognition that a re-orientation of our nation’s health care system towards prevention and quality is underway. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to forge a path to a new era of health care reimbursement based on the

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Where’s the Plan? Health and Retirement

Just last week, I attended a workshop titled “Staying Out of Debt and Planning for Your Retirement”. Sounds like a bore, right? Not so much. Though the only incentive offered was free lunch, this workshop was highly attended, and attendees

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What Happened at the PMC/BIO Solutions Summit?

On October 14th 2015, The PMC Biosolutions Summit brought together government representatives, pharmaceutical representatives, researchers, patients, providers and payers to discuss the adoption of personalized medicine within health care systems. Attendees explored how to increase utilization and understanding of personalized

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Mental Illness: Preventing the Brain Games

The Affordable Care Act incentivizes prevention, which is the process of identifying and remedying a disease before it occurs. With well-known diseases such as coronary artery disease, which costs the United States about $43 billion per year, there are well-established

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An Engagement Regimen for Medication Adherence

Drug spending in the United States is astronomical, and Americans are noticing. According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for August of 2015, while 62% of Americans concede that prescription drugs developed in the past 20 years have improved peoples’

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Let’s Make Decision Aids More Personal

Shared decision making is a popular concept in the world of patient engagement and personalized health care. It involves a collaborative conversation between patient and provider which allows the patient to make informed treatment decisions based on their needs, desires,

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Personalizing Feedback

In most doctors’ appointments, patients are given feedback on their health status, recommendations to improve their health, or both by their physician. Provision of feedback and recommendations are opportunities for physicians to foster patient engagement and cement patient adherence to

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2015 NAPCRG Practice Based Research Networks Conference

The North American Primary Care Research Group held its Practice Based Research Networks Conference on June 28-30th in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference, which brought together primary care providers, clinical researchers, and patient and community advocates, was centered on engagement of

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