Medicine|e-Learning http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com Learning about health online Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:16:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The 5 Highest Paid Positions in Health Administration http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2011/the-5-highest-paid-positions-in-health-administration/ Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:30:59 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=519 Continue reading ]]> With the demand for healthcare professionals growing, it isn’t only doctors and nurses who are in demand. The administrative side of the healthcare field is also expected to grow in pace with the rest. Those with education, experience, and even a few special skills can find themselves at the top of the “To Hire” list. But which list do you want to be on?

To help you decide, we have gathered the five highest paid positions in health administration, with most ranging beyond the six-figure mark. And although there are many reasons to get a health administration degree, the below focus on the bottom line and are listed by highest to lowest.

  1. CEO Also known as the Chief Executive Officer, hospitals have them too. Paul Levy is a former CEO of a large Boston hospital and the blogger at Not Running a Hospital. In this entry, he took a look at his own pay, which included base salary, bonuses for meeting requirements, and BIDMC. His total pay for the year of 2005? About one million dollars. Check out his blog to read more on how and why this salary came about. He also has more on how to run a hospital, the healthcare industry, and related issues.
  2. Head of Nursing They can also be called Directors of Nursing. The educational requirements usually call for a master’s, although years of experience in both the nursing and administrative field can add up. Perhaps the salary isn’t as impressive as the above, but this health administration career pays a respectable average of $178,734 per year according to Monster.com and was named its highest paying nurse job. The Head of Nursing can also be called the Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Nursing Executive.
  3. Chief Healthcare Technology Officer The CTO is also an important part of the healthcare industry. Moves like diagnostic software, electronic medical records, and beyond can have any healthcare provider needing a healthcare administrator with a tech savvy education. The CTO is asked to take on many technological challenges and provide time and money saving solutions. According to Indeed.com, the national average salary for a Chief Technology Officer in the healthcare industry is $121,000.
  4. Hospital Administrator With everything from dealing with insurance companies to making sure the cafeteria operates within code, hospital administrators can take on a variety of tasks and responsibilities. They provide management to many groups to ensure they can operate successfully and work in union with the hospital. Financial oversight as well as expenses can often make up the core of a hospital administrator’s duties. Average pay for this healthcare administrative position was $93,000 per year, with a variance of $12,000 per year either way depending on the employer and other factors.
  5. Medical and Health Services Manager They plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare to a variety of patients. These managers are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or system. As with many healthcare positions, need is expected to outgrow the number of qualified applicants, and in this case, by 16 percent. The average median salary for this job is $73,660.

And the above five highest paid positions in health administration are just some of the career paths available with a degree in health administration or those with an MBA who want to go into healthcare. Other career options are also available with average salary varying from position to position.

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The History of Diabetes in America: The Ultimate Web Guide http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2011/the-history-of-diabetes-in-america-the-ultimate-web-guide/ Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:47:38 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=506 Continue reading ]]> In 2006, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) published data indicating the enormity of the diabetes epidemic. Recently, the CDC stated that diabetes affects 8.3 percent of Americans of all ages, as well as 11.3 percent of adults. About 27 percent of those afflicted with diabetes do not know they have a disease. But, diabetes has a longer history, and the articles, timelines, videos, scientific papers listed below document this history…one that has a short time frame of treating and managing this disease.

Web Articles

  1. DiabetesA Brief history of diabetes and treatment through the ages: This history, offered by the Islets of Hope Medical Library, also offers a timeline.
  2. Diabetes History, Symptoms and Treatment: All About Health offers a short history, along with information on how diabetes is listed, according to etiology.
  3. History of Diabetes: Medical News provides a well-linked article that explains the history of diabetes, including the etymology.
  4. History of Diabetes: Phlexteck’s article speaks directly to the diabetic, offering an explanation of diabetes as well as a history.
  5. History of Diabetes: An illustrated history of one of the oldest-known human diseases from Health Motivator.
  6. History of Diabetes Goes Back Centuries: This short article also contains a three-page timeline.
  7. History of Diabetes Testing: This eHow article covers the history of testing for Diabetes Mellitus.
  8. The History of Diabetes: This article originally was published in Diabetes Health in November, 1996, and brought online in 2008.
  9. The History of Diabetes: Everyday Health offers an article that shows how discoveries over the ages have led to today’s understanding of diabetes.
  10. Born Again DiabeticThe History of Diabetes: A short history about this chronic disease from a Bright Hub writer.
  11. Type 2 Diabetes History: Roger Hinsworth made the remarkable discovery in 1935 that there were, in fact, two different types of diabetes. Learn more about Type 2 Diabetes from this article.
  12. Who Discovered Diabetes? The earliest reference to the condition comes from the Indian physician Sushruta in the 6th century B.C. Read more about this disease at Diabetes Wellbeing. They also offer a diabetes timeline.

Scientific Articles

  1. Natural History of Type 1 Diabetes [PDF]: The natural history of autoimmune type 1 diabetes in children is associated with the appearance of islet autoantibodies early in life, which is influenced by genetic and environmental factors.
  2. Prospective Studies of the Natural History of Diabetes Mellitus and Its Complications in the Gila River Indian Community: The original baseline observations for this project were made on the residents of the Gila Indian Reservation, predominantly Pima Indians, in 1965.
  3. The Frequency and Natural History of Diabetes Insipidus in Children with Langerhans-Cell Histiocytosis: Published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1989, this article concludes that Diabetes insipidus occurred most often among children with multisystem disease and those with proptosis.
  4. The history of diabetes nutrition therapy: from starvation to evidence-based recommendations: Download the full article, written by Marion Franz for Diabetes Voice, December 2004. Marion J Franz is a nutrition/health consultant with Nutrition Concepts by Franz, Inc.
  5. The natural history of insulin secretory dysfunction and insulin resistance in the pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes involves abnormalities in insulin action, insulin secretion, and endogenous glucose output (EGO).

Timelines

  1. A Timeline Of The History Of Diabetes: “According to the timeline of diabetes history, the history of diabetes begins shortly after the birth of Christ…”
  2. Bayer Healthcare History: Bayer HealthCare, Diabetes care has produced an impressive legacy of firsts in diabetes management. Click on the timeline to learn how this company became a world leader in the rapidly growing self-testing market.
  3. ProactivedLife Diabetes Museum: This is a sophisticated timeline that offers illustrations and detailed notes.
  4. History of Diabetes: This timeline begins in 1552 BC and ends in 1998, when the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) was published.
  5. History of diabetes treatment: This timeline documents the milestones in the history of both Type I and Type II diabetes treatments.
  6. International Diabetes Center History: This timeline marks the key activities provided by this world-class diabetes care, education, publications and research program.
  7. MGH Diabetes Timelines: These timelines include key discoveries as well as Key steps leading to the first successful treatment to reverse established autoimmune diabetes, from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Diabetes Center.
  8. Timeline of Diabetes History: This timeline begins in the first century BC and proceeds through 2007, when diabetes patients are treated with stem cells from their own bone marrow to eliminate the need for insulin.

Videos

  1. Breakthrough: A History of the Fight Against Diabetes: This video is a virtual tour of an exhibit hosted at the New York Historical Society about diabetes.
  2. Diabetes through History Movie: This lighthearted look at the history of diabetes was prepared by medical students from Kasr Al Ainy University, Students’ Scientific Society members back then in early summer 2007.
  3. Learn About Diabetes: Health Science Channel offers a compelling health and wellness video about diabetes.
  4. Novo Story of Insulin — Part 1 — Jim Turner: Jim Turner takes viewers through this first of a three-part special on how insulin became commercially available and saved millions of lives.

Related History Articles

  1. Diabetic Wrist BandA Brief History of Diabetes Care: This story covers the history of diabetes and its care.
  2. A History of Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Founder, Joslin Diabetes Center: A history of the founder of an an internationally recognized diabetes treatment, research and education institution.
  3. A Short History of Gestational Diabetes as a Clinical Entity: GD as a clinical entity officially began in 1979 when the National Diabetes Data Group (NDDG) issued an updated classification of diabetes types, including one that was present only during pregnancy.
  4. Diabetes Center History: For nearly 80 years, scientists at UCSF have been making breakthrough discoveries that have improved diabetes treatment and saved countless lives around the world.
  5. Famous People With Diabetes: Past and Present: This article was written to inspire young people with diabetes to accomplish their dreams no matter the obstacles.
  6. History of Insulin and Diabetes: Learn how people with diabetes survived before the discovery of insulin.
  7. History of the American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association talks about how they were founded in 1940 by 28 physicians, 20 years after the discovery of insulin changed diabetes from a fatal diagnosis to a manageable disease.
  8. Insulin — Its History and Future: Did you know that before insulin became available, children routinely were fed a cup of cooking oil a day? Diabetic Lifestyle offers this short history about insulin.
  9. Mission and History: This page is about the mission and history of the Diabetes Society. For over 40 years, the Diabetes Society has been providing education and one-on-one consultation to individuals with diabetes, and educating the general public about the seriousness of the disease.
  10. The Discovery of Insulin: Frederick Banting discovered insulin was a treatment for diabetes, and you can learn more about testing, self-testing and the history of the insulin process here.
  11. The History of Diabetes Nursing, 1914-1936: The 22 years between 1914 and 1936 were a defining period in the history of diabetes nursing. Learn more from this article at The Diabetes Educator.
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Top 50 HIPAA Blogs http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2011/top-50-hipaa-blogs/ Mon, 31 Jan 2011 01:31:53 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=490 Continue reading ]]> If you plan to be a health administrator, you will need to understand the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — HIPAA. This legislation was designed to help those with health insurance to be protected, and it also allows for a measure of portability and renewablity when it comes to switching jobs. This is important because so many Americans have health insurance that is tied to their workplaces.

In addition to measures allowing health care access, portability and renewability, HIPAA also includes information about medical privacy and the security of information. On top of that, the section of the legislation that deals with Administration Simplification also addresses electronic health records. HIPAA covers a number of things that health administration officials would have an interest in. If you are interested in learning more about HIPAA, you can reference the following 50 blogs, which offer great resources:

General HIPAA Blogs

These are blogs that address HIPAA in a general manner. Includes news and other information about HIPAA and its application.

  1. HIPAA Blog: Interesting news and information related to HIPAA and the health care industry in general.
  2. HIPAA.com: Information on rules and news addressing HIPAA.
  3. HIPAA Compliance Journal: A great resource for information on complying with HIPAA.
  4. HIPAA, HITECH & HIT: Everything you need to know about these different laws.
  5. HIPAA Update: Latest headlines related to HIPAA and electronic health records.
  6. HIPAA News and Updates: HealthPort offers this blog sharing updates related to HIPAA.
  7. EMR and HIPAA: Great blog that looks at HIPAA, as well as electronic medical records.
  8. HIPAA on ZDNet: You can get some great updates and news headlines on HIPAA from ZDNet.
  9. HIPAA on WebMD: Headlines, blog posts and more related to HIPAA.
  10. HIPAA.org: A great resource for all things HIPAA.

Electronic Health Records and Health Care Technology

HIPAA was designed to help foster increased use of electronic health records (EHR). Sometimes these are also referred to as electronic medical records (EMR). These EHR/EMR blogs offer a look at different aspects of electronic data in health care, including HIPAA regulations.

  1. EHR Bloggers: Learn more about electronic health records. Also, learn more about HIPAA and other health tech issues.
  2. EHR Scope: More on health records, technology and information on HIPAA compliance in our technological world.
  3. EMR Straight Talk Blog: Looks at different aspects of electronic medical records.
  4. EHR Decisions: Learn more about electronic health records, and what needs to happen for them to be HIPAA compliant.
  5. CanadianEMR: A look at electronic medical records from Canada.
  6. EMR: Addresses issues related to EMR, including new topics, posts and information related to technology and HIPAA.
  7. IT Everything: This blog from Modern Healthcare looks at EHR, security and even addresses HIPAA in some of its posts.
  8. Healthcare IT News: Addresses all things tech in health care. Including HIPAA.
  9. Health Data Management: A look at technology in health care, including EMR and HIPAA.
  10. SearchHealthIT: Learn more about health care technology. Includes information on electronic medical records and HIPAA.
  11. Health IT Buzz: HHS offers a blog about medical information technology. Includes information on EHR as well as on HIPAA.
  12. Healthcare Informatics: A great health technology resource. Learn more about patients, EHR and HIPAA.

HIPAA Newsletters

Some blogs send out helpful email newsletters that can provide you with information about the latest HIPAA developments. If you are interested in having pertinent information delivered right to your inbox, consider the following newsletters.

  1. Physicians EHR eHealth Report Newsletter Archives: You can get access to information about electronic health records, including HIPAA compliance.
  2. HIPAA/HITECH Act Compliance Newsletter: Basic information to help you learn more about compliance with these acts.
  3. HIPAA Weekly Advisor: Get this free e-newsletter each week.
  4. HIPAA Flash: Quarterly newsletter that can offer you insight and information.
  5. HIPAA Survival Guide: Learn about HIPAA and get the information you need to comply.
  6. HIPAA Bulletin: A helpful look at information related to HIPAA. Get reports, as well as news.
  7. HIPAA Training: Resources, newsletters and videos on HIPAA.
  8. HIPAA Desktop: Get news delivered right to you. A great way to stay up to date on HIPAA.

Health Privacy and Information Security Blogs

If you are interested in the privacy aspect of HIPAA and the health care industry, you can get more information from a variety of blogs that make it a point to address privacy.

  1. Privacy Professor: Learn more about HIPAA compliance, as well as other issues related to information security and privacy.
  2. HCAAnet: You can read blogs on health care compliance, especially as it relates to privacy and policy.
  3. Health Information Privacy: While not exactly a blog, this information from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is a valuable resource about HIPAA and privacy.
  4. Health Privacy: This news page from the Center for Democracy & Technology is a great resource on information, including HIPAA information.
  5. Healthcare Information Security News: News about security and privacy in health care. Includes EHR and HIPAA.
  6. Healthcare Security/Privacy: Learn more about privacy in health care, including discussion on HIPAA.
  7. EMR on Security, Privacy and the Law: Great information tagged “EMR” on this privacy blog.
  8. Healthcare Security on NetSPI Blog: Insights into healthcare security, HIPAA and EMR.
  9. The PrivacyBlog: Not all about health privacy, but a helpful resource for those looking for information on privacy.

Health Policy and Law Blogs

Find out more about the legal ramifications of HIPAA, and explore a number of other interesting and helpful topics related to the intersection of health care and law.

  1. HealthBlawg: All you need to know about health care law, including HIPAA rules and more.
  2. Real Health Reform: A look at different aspects of health care, including law. Also looks at HIPAA in some posts.
  3. Med Law Blog: Information on medical law, including information on HIPAA.
  4. Health Care Law Blog: Addresses issues related to health law, as well as privacy and HIPAA.
  5. Healthcare Law Blog: Legal issues you see in health care. Also looks at HIPAA and protection.
  6. Health IT Law Blog: Combines healthcare IT with law. You can find HIPAA posts on this blog.
  7. Home Care Law Blog: Interesting health law information for home care. Also helps with understanding HIPAA in such situations.
  8. Health Law & Policy: Keep up with the latest developments in health policy, including HIPAA.
  9. HealthLawProf Blog: One of the best places to find information on health care law. Also look for HIPAA information.
  10. Health Law Attorney Blog: Get information on health law, changes, and learn more about HIPAA.
  11. Health Law Blog: Information about compliance, HIPAA and more.
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Top 40 Forums & Message Boards for Health Administrators http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/top-40-forums-message-boards-for-health-administrators/ Fri, 17 Sep 2010 21:06:09 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=478 Continue reading ]]> No matter if you’re a student in health administration or if you have been the head of a medical facility for years — at some point you may need support, peer information or networking outside your usual sphere of influence. This is when you might tap into interactive community forums, message boards or listservs that can help you gain traction on news, research and health management policies. This list of the top 40 forums and message boards for health administration is filled with members-only organization boards, management tools, community networks and jobs for health leaders.

This list is categorized, and every link is listed in alphabetical order within those categories.

Organization Members Only

  1. AAHAMAAHAM Member List Serve: The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management offers a variety of networking opportunities for members.
  2. AAHSA Listservs: American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging listservs can help you connect with your peers, stay informed, get answers to questions and share what you know with colleagues.
  3. ACHCA Peer2Peer Forums: The American College of Health Care Administrators offers this forum and other networking tools for members.
  4. ACHE Message Boards: The American College of Healthcare Executives provides this board, among other networking tools for its members.
  5. ACHI Member Benefits: The Association for Community Health Improvement delivers peer networking and practical tools in achieving community health goals.
  6. ACMHA Message Board: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership provides a members-only message board.
  7. AHA RPB Discussions: The American Hospital Association offers member discussions and other interactive opportunities for health care professionals.
  8. AHIMA Communities of Practice: CoP is an online for members to network, share, problem solve, and stay informed on the latest trends in all HIM related topics.
  9. APHA My Communities: The American Public Health Association offers members a way to network through a listserve, discussions and bulletin board.
  10. ASHRM Exchange: This is a new Web-based community for the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management members.
  11. AUPHA Network: These are Association of University Programs in Health Administration member-created and member-led groups regarding specific areas of healthcare management education.
  12. CHIME Member Discussion List: The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives provides several options for networking.
  13. Colorado Women’s Forum in Health Administration: Membership is open to females who work or are interested in the healthcare industry and have a desire to network with others.
  14. CSHEMA Forums: Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association members have opportunities for interaction with other campus safety professionals.
  15. HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program: Take advantage of a variety of Healthcare Information and Management Systems independent communities that can help you do your job better.
  16. MGMA Member Community: Members of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) enjoy access to communities for growth.
  17. NARHC List Serve: If you are a member of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, this listserve can provide you with interactive support.
  18. The Manager’s Electronic Resource Center Message Boards: The ERC community enables members to exchange experiences with other health professionals.
  19. North Carolina’s PHRST Line Report: This state Public Health Regional Surveillance Team hosts a forum where the public health community can discuss public health issues.
  20. NRHA Connect: The National Rural Health Association provides its members with the ability to discuss rural health leadership issues in a variety of venues.
  21. PAHCOM Listserve Forum: Professional Association of Health Care Office Management members can help productivity of your health care office and reach your potential as a practice manager.

Management and Community Boards

  1. AHRAAHRA Forum: This networking tool enables real time dialogue among imaging professionals through the Association for Medical Imaging Management Web site or via email.
  2. Geriatric Health Management Forum: Join this site to participate in networking and discussion about geriatrics.
  3. Health Informatics Forum: Join this open discussion at a site that encompasses various activities for HIT professionals.
  4. HFMA Forums: You do not need to be a member to participate in any number of forums offered by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
  5. RN Casemanager Forums: Take a look at the resources provided here for RN management opportunities and interaction.
  6. Workforce Management Community Center Forums: Connect with other workforce management and human resource professionals in one of these topic-focused forums.

Student and Job Boards

  1. INDEEDIndeed Health Administration: Look for jobs by location at this job board.
  2. Monster Health Administrator Jobs: Another job board that offers interaction in communities, networking and job searches.
  3. Public Health Jobs Job Board: Use this site to find jobs and to network with health professionals.
  4. Student Doctor Network Forums: SDN is internationally recognized as the most active academic health community in world.
  5. Vault Job Board: Search for health administration positions and get involved in industry blogs and discussions on this board.

General Health Information

  1. Clinical ConnectionClinical Connection: This is a message board for individuals to discuss health, illnesses, medicine, and clinical trials.
  2. Health Message Boards: Use this tool to connect with resources on a variety of medical conditions.
  3. Insight Live: This is a multi-media interactive site for those interested in FHI, a global health and development organization.
  4. WebMD Health Boards: This Web community provides opportunities to provide help to others and network with peers.
  5. MedHelp Community Forums: Active boards are divided into medical support communities and “Ask a Doctor” boards.
  6. Population and Health InfoShare: InfoShare’s mission is to advance knowledge in global public health through information sharing and exchange.
  7. ResearchGate: If you’re into research or need research, this site offers various groups to find information. Groups vary from public to members only, or you can create your own group.
  8. Wego Health: This site empowers health activists to share information and contribute on a global basis.
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40 Most Useful Web Apps for Health Administrators http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/40-most-useful-web-apps-for-health-administrators/ Tue, 07 Sep 2010 23:40:36 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=467 Continue reading ]]> Health administrators, like any other executives, need tools that can shorten task time and that create time for more tasks. This list of the 40 most useful Web apps for health administrators lists the tools, communication devices, collaborative tricks, productivity and travel apps that can help you shave time off that busy day. Each tool is geared toward your success as an administrative professional.

ToolsTools

  1. 24SevenOffice: Some office suites offer email and calendars, but 24SevenOffice also offers billing software and an accounting program.
  2. eSign-iT: An easy to use e-signature application that allows you to gain legally binding approvals for your requests.
  3. Google Docs: Now a classic, Google Docs can keep your office happy, with online and collaborative documents, spreadsheets and presentation apps.
  4. Harvest: Track time, log expenses, invoice clients, keep track of account receivables and revenue.
  5. iSendr: Free Web service iSendr will instantaneously transfer a file directly from you to a client, employee or coworker, no server or software required.
  6. Mobile Password Safe: Specify your own labels, categories, and search your passwords interactively.
  7. paper.li: This tool can organize links shared on Twitter into an easy-to-read newspaper-style format for later use.
  8. Zoho Office Suite: Zoho provides a wide, integrated portfolio of rich online applications for businesses. Zoho Mobile includes online access that can be synced with a variety of other devices and computers.

CollaborationCollaboration

  1. CentralDesktop: This online tool can increase team work and collaboration with online discussion threads, forums, wikis, blogs, social technology tools and web meetings.
  2. Colaab: Review and collaborate on documents, images and video online and in real time.
  3. Entri: Need some feedback on a blog post you’re putting together? Entri lets you write with a good editor, grab the link, then share it with colleagues to chime in.
  4. Mindmeister: A secure and simple real-time brainstorming with colleagues that can be shared, used offline and with mobile access.
  5. Octopz: This online service facilitates collaboration, in either synchronous or asynchronous environments through the use of digital media, Web conferencing, VoIP and content management technologies.
  6. PBWorks: A shared workspace that links colleagues, clients and partners, along with password-protected projects.
  7. PlanbookEdu: PlanbookEdu is great for administrators…although geared toward educators, the tools are great to use for any business that uses scheduling, classes, seminars, etc.
  8. Vyew: This platform provides real-time interaction for content, presentations and training.

CommunicationCommunication

  1. Campfire: Invite a client, colleague, or vendor to chat, collaborate and make decisions in a password-protected chat room. Up to 60 people can chat at once.
  2. DimDim: Hold live meetings and events using just your Web browser and this online app.
  3. Followbase: This service scans Twitter and collects customer ideas, problems, questions and mentions of your company so you can share what people are saying and respond.
  4. GizmoCall: Make free VoIP calls from your PC using your browser and a headset/microphone.
  5. Grapevine: Grapevine keeps people within earshot of each other throughout the day via full-blown platform upon which you can build your very own Grapevine-powered applications for communication.
  6. Heap CRM: Heap CRM keeps all or your contacts, messages, e-mails, files, events, tasks and much more all together.
  7. ListMessenger: ListMessenger.net is an online system for e-mail marketing and sending e-mail newsletters.
  8. SnailMailr: Use this online app to send a snail mail letter when needed. Attach your logo and take advantage of high quality color laser printing with this quick and inexpensive tool.
  9. Tw’er: Want to spread the word about some activities or offers? Do it anonymously with this easy-to-use Twitter tool.

ProductivityProductivity

  1. ClockWork: Use this time management solution to track what you do during your day.
  2. EasyTasker — Business and Project Management: A simple, easy-to-use web app where you can manage all the main areas of running a business from your iPhone, Blackberry or computer.
  3. Lattiss Online Appointment Scheduler: Free app provides plenty of presence to better serve small business Internet-savvy clients and members.
  4. MightyMeeting: Manage a private library of presentations directly from your computer, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Supports presentations in Microsoft Office or PDF formats.
  5. Producteev: Producteev will help you manage your tasks from wherever you’re comfortable working : E-mail, IM, Web, iPhone, Gmail, Google Calendar…
  6. Schedule It: Online scheduling for staff, rooms and equipment that saves time and money.
  7. Springpad: Springpad not only captures things and organizes them for later (like Evernote); it also figures out what you’re saving and tries to put it into context and help you use it.
  8. TimeBridge: TimeBridge, a free meeting scheduling web app, is the only tool you’ll need to confirm agreeable meeting times with clients, employees and colleagues.

TravelTravel

  1. A simple to use translator: Translate your text in more then 10 different languages.
  2. Bing Maps: Use Bing Maps online to learn about traffic, share maps and find walking directions. Bing Maps also can find your taxi route and estimate the fare.
  3. Coinmill: An easy-to-use Web-interface exchange rate conversion calculator.
  4. PadPal: Create a free travel Website to share your meetings and create instant public relations.
  5. ParkWhiz: Help yourself and others find a convenient parking space for office visits, seminars and more with this online app.
  6. RoadTripHelper: Use this meta search engine to find hotels by attraction, address, city, landmark, intersection and more on this innovative mashup map.
  7. Syncd: An accurate, flexible and easy to use online time and expense tracking service that works great for freelancers or for teams of any size.
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Six Months Later: Top 10 Updates on Healthcare Reform and Implementation http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/six-months-later-top-10-updates-on-healthcare-reform-and-implementation/ Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:13:48 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=448 Continue reading ]]> When it comes to health administration, the health reform bill passed earlier this year is ushering in plenty of change. Indeed, the bill is being touted as the biggest overhaul to healthcare in the U.S. There are certainly are plenty of changes coming to healthcare, and there have been many attempts to explain healthcare reform, and what it means for the future of healthcare in the U.S.

Many, though, are more interested in what has already taken place. While many of the provisions in healthcare reform will not take place until 2014, there are already some items that have already taken effect. Some of the changes to healthcare reform may already be impacting your wallet. We are in the neighborhood of the six-month anniversary of the signing of the healthcare reform bill, and it is time to take stock. Health administration officials, as well as members of the general public, have it in their best interests to understand what is already in effect. Here are 10 health care reform items effective in 2010:

1. Adult Children Remain on Parents’ Policy Until 26

One of the provisions of the health care reform bill already in effect is that adult children can remain on their parents’ health policy until they are 26. Prior to the new law, states set their own ages for taking children off parental policies, usually sometime between 21 and 23. Now, if the dependent does not have the ability to get insurance through his or her own employer, it is possible to remain on the parents’ policy. This rule only applies to new policies, although health insurance companies have to provide coverage on existing policies (but it can be separate and might be expensive).

2. No More Lifetime Caps on Coverage

Starting in September 2010, insurance companies can no longer put lifetime caps on coverage. This means that insurance policies can no longer come with limits on lifetime payouts, many of which were capped at $1 million or $2 million prior to the passage of the law. For most people, the lift on caps is not a big deal, but for those with medical catastrophes, that limit comes up pretty fast. Starting in 2014, the annual caps that some companies put on coverage will be abolished as well.

3. Children Under 19 Cannot be Excluded for Pre-Existing Conditions

One of the biggest issues with health insurance coverage is the pre-existing condition. Starting this year, children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage. The rule is already in effect for those whose plan dates are October. The rule is in effect starting on the next plan date, so if your plan date is October 1, then your renewal will not exclude children under 19 due to a pre-existing condition. January 1 and July 1 plan dates will be phased in during 2011, and most of the population over 19 will be included in 2014.

4. Adults with Pre-Existing Conditions Have a New Option

If you have a pre-existing condition, and you are 19 or older, you can still be denied healthcare coverage until 2014, when many of the reform rules take effect. However, if you have a pre-existing condition and want coverage, you can buy into a health insurance plan offered by the government right now.

5. “Doughnut Hole” Closes

The infamous “doughnut hole” caused by Medicare legislation in 2003 has cost seniors quite a bit as they struggle to pay for their own medications after reaching a certain amount. There is a gap in prescription drug coverage until seniors have spent more money out of pocket. The new bill closes this gap in the future, and offers immediate assistance with paying for prescriptions right now.

6. Early Retirees Get Help

One of the issues facing early retirees is paying for health insurance now that they no longer have an employer’s plan — but are too young for Medicare. The healthcare reform bill provides help for those in this situation. Right now, it is possible for early retirees (aged 55 and older) to have access to health coverage until they qualify for Medicare. The program works by providing assistance to employers so that they can extend coverage to early retirees.

7. Free Preventative Healthcare

Much has been said about how the U.S. health care system is more about “sick care”, since prevention gets so little play. However, healthcare reform requires that new plans have to cover certain preventative services starting on September 23. Some of the covered services include cancer screening, cholesterol and diabetes tests, blood pressure checks, vaccines for a range of illnesses, well-child visits up to the age of 21, pap smears, and mammograms for those older than 40.

8. Funding for Community Health Centers

Early funding for some community health centers is provided for by the healthcare reform bill, starting in fiscal year 2010. Community health centers offer valuable services for some underserved members of rural and inner-city communities. Early funding is a great help for these communities, which are slated to receive an additional funds over the course of five years.

9. Small Businesses Get Special Tax Credit

For small businesses interested in providing healthcare coverage for their employees, there are special small business tax credits available starting in calendar year 2010. Tax credits of up to 35% of premiums paid are being offered right now for small businesses. In 2014, though, the tax credit increases. It is expected that small businesses will receive up to 50% in tax credits when more of the law’s provisions take effect. In order to get the 50%, though, employers will have to pay directly, rather than use an agreement that reduces salary.

10. No More Recissions

One of the practices that have many upset with health insurance companies is that of recission. Recission takes place when the health insurance company drops your coverage when you get sick, in order to avoid paying for your treatment. Effective six months after enactment, this rule bans health insurance companies from dropping you just because you get sick. It is a way to ensure that you continue to receive the coverage you have paid for.

Bonus: More Transparency

One of the more immediate provisions of the healthcare reform bill is that health insurance companies have to be more transparent. Insurers must post their balance sheets on the Internet, and disclose executive compensation, as well as other costs. There are hopes that such a requirement will put pressure on health insurance companies when it comes to setting premiums.

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How Often Do Doctors and Hospitals Make Mistakes? 25 Startling Studies with Answers http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/how-often-do-doctors-and-hospitals-make-mistakes-25-startling-studies-with-answers/ Tue, 03 Aug 2010 20:12:08 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=428 Continue reading ]]> When we go to the hospital, we expect that we are going to get better. Unfortunately, hospitals are run by humans, and doctors themselves are human. No matter how expert a health care professional is, there is always the potential for error. However, you might be surprised at how often these errors can occur. Health administration professionals may try to reduce errors, and in some cases errors are not reported as widely as they could be. If you are interested in more information about mistakes made in hospitals and by doctors, these 25 sometimes startling studies can shed some light on this issue:

General Medical Errors

You might be interested in learning about different errors, since a recent HealthGrades study showed that around 195,000 people die from preventable medical mistakes each year.

  1. Errors in Medicine: Learn more about complications in treatment, prevalence of problems and preventable deaths. Looks at the errors made in hospitals and by doctors, and their effects on patients.
  2. Views of Practicing Physicians and the Public on Medical Errors: Learn about the types of errors seen in medicine, and learn how physicians feel about them, as compared to how the public views errors. An interesting comparison, and one that might surprise you.
  3. Patients’ and Physicians’ Attitudes Regarding the Disclosure of Medical Errors: Another interesting comparison of doctors vs. patients. This focuses on the disclosure of medical errors. You might be startled at how some doctors view the need to disclose medical erros.
  4. The Critical Care Safety Study: The incidence and nature of adverse events and serious medical errors in intensive care: Get a good idea of the types of medical errors that occur in intensive care units. Also includes the prevalence of mistakes in hospital intensive care units.
  5. Epidemiology of medical error: A look at how medical error develops, its prevalence, and the consequences of mistakes made in medicine.
  6. Estimating Hospital Deaths Due to Medical Errors: Asks whether or not some of the numbers associated with medical error might be too high. A look at perspective.
  7. Comparison of three methods for estimating rates of adverse events and rates of preventable adverse events in acute care hospitals: There is debate over what constitutes medical error and preventable incidents. This study addresses different ways of reporting.
  8. Error, stress, and teamwork in medicine and aviation: cross sectional surveys: Considers the attitudes had by those involved in medical situations with the stress and situations felt by aircraft cockpit crew. An interesting way of looking at medical error.
  9. Attitudes and barriers to incident reporting: a collaborative hospital study: You might be startled at how many hospitals try to avoid reporting incidents. This study looks at why.

Medication Errors

Medication errors are among the most common. This is because it is relatively easy to mix medications, dosing or overlook a possible allergy or interaction. Here are some studies about medication errors.

  1. Causes of prescribing errors in hospital inpatients: a prospective study: An interesting look at the most common reasons that prescribing errors take place in hospitals.
  2. Ethnographic study of incidence and severity of intravenous drug errors: A look at the errors that occur with the administration of intravenous drugs.
  3. Rates of medication errors among depressed and burnt out residents: prospective cohort study: You might be surprised at the role that being burnt out plays in medication error.
  4. Medication errors in paedriatric practice: insights from a continuous quality improvement approach: Addresses issues related to pediatric medicine and medication errors.
  5. Relationship between medication errors and adverse drug events: Considers the correlation between errors and drug events that can cause discomfort, injury and even death.
  6. Medication Errors Observed in 36 Health Care Facilities: Learn about the medication errors taking place in different facilities. Results can be generalized more widely, taking them beyond the 36 facilities used in the study.
  7. Retrospective analysis of mortalities associated with medication errors: Take a look at how deadly some medication errors can be. Great information on how many medication errors result in death.
  8. Medication errors in neonatal and paediatric intensive-care units: It is scary to think about, but there are errors made in medication for babies and children. Learn more about the errors that occur in the intensive care units for the most vulnerable of patients.
  9. Fundamentals of medication error research: Learn more about the processes used in describing medication errors. A great way to educate yourself about drug errors, and how to read other studies about them.

Mistake Reduction

There are efforts underway to reduce general medical errors and medication errors. Learn more about efforts being made, and how many mistakes could be prevented if certain measures were taken.

  1. The Effect of Computerized Physician Order Entry on Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events in Pediatric Inpatients: This study looks at how computerized entry could help reduce medication mistakes. After all, this reduces the need to try and decipher illegible prescriptions.
  2. Reducing errors made by emergency physicians in interpreting radiographs: longitudinal study: Considers the number of errors made by emergency physicians regarding reading radiographs and looks at how to reduce these mistakes.
  3. Using information technology to reduce rates of medication errors in hospitals: Learn about how advances in technology can cut down on the rate of medical errors.
  4. Medication Error Prevention by Clinical Pharmacists in Two Children’s Hospitals: A look at how pharmacist intervention can reduce the severity and number of medication errors.
  5. Prioritizing strategies for preventing medication errors and adverse drug events in pediatric inpatients: An interesting look at how it is possible to prevent error. A look at different strategies for reducing medication errors, and prioritizing them.
  6. Promoting Patient Safety by Preventing Medical Error: A look at how medical error can prevented, and the importance of reducing medical errors in order to encourage better patient safety and outcomes.
  7. Reporting and preventing medical mishaps: lessons from non-medical near miss reporting systems: There is a great deal that can be learned about reporting medical errors from systems in place for non-medical systems. This study looks at how applying different reporting techniques to medical systems can help prevent mistakes in the future.
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50 Free Resources to Learn About Medical Privacy http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/50-free-resources-to-learn-about-medical-privacy/ Mon, 02 Aug 2010 22:09:22 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=438 Continue reading ]]> Electronic Health Records (EHRs), online health services and tools that help manage healthcare online all raise questions about medical privacy. This list of 50 free resources to learn about medical privacy, from information about personal health records to organizations that advocate for the patient, can help you learn more about why these privacy issues are such a concern.

Personal Health Records

  1. Electronic Patient ChartElectronic Health Records (EHR): The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contains financial incentives for eligible physicians that use qualified EHR. The Medical Group Management Association stays on top of the requirements.
  2. Electronic Medical Records, Electronic Health Records: Open Clinical offers a wealth of information about EMR and EHR developments.
  3. Information Sharing and Privacy with Personal Medical Records [PDF]: This report summarizes the theoretical underpinnings of a model of patient data flow.
  4. Keep It With You: Personal Medical Information Form: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) offers directions on how to safeguard your medical records during an emergency situation.
  5. Keeping a Personal Medical Records File: The Mesothelioma group provides information about how to keep a personal medical records file.
  6. myPHR: This site is a service offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to learn more about personal health records.
  7. New National Survey Finds Personal Health Records Motivate Consumers to Improve Their Health: This recent article states that tools to help people manage their health still are not widely used.
  8. Personal Health Records: MedlinePlus offers a section devoted to personal health records, also called EHR, or Electronic Health Records.
  9. Personal Health Records (PHR): Medicare.gov offers information about PHRs and how to create one.
  10. The Value of Personal Health Records [PDF]: This online brocure tackles all the right reasons to maintain personal health records.

Medical Record Privacy

  1. Typhoid InoculationHealth Privacy: The Center for Democracy and Technology offers a thorough look at HIT (Health Information Technology) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
  2. HHS Announces Proposed HIPAA Rule: This recent article defines the proposed rule.
  3. Medical Privacy: The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) provides news about the inadequacies within medical information keeping.
  4. Medical Record Privacy: This document, created by Epic (Electronic Privacy Information Center), focuses public attention on emerging and civil liberties issues in the medical record debate.
  5. Medical Records Privacy: The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse provides concise information about the issue of medical records privacy.
  6. Preserving Patient Confidentiality in the Era of Information Technology [PDF]: The developments in information technologies and systems pose challenges to psychiatrists, health care entities, and
    policy makers to adopt appropriate rules to protect patient privacy.
  7. Privacy Protection and Identity Theft – Medical Privacy: The Consumer Action Website offers resources to learn more about medical privacy.
  8. Stitching Up Health Records: Privacy Compliance Lags: Twenty percent of health care companies are unable or unwilling to implement federal privacy requirements, because the rules are vague and the technology is spotty.
  9. Who’s Keeping an Eye on Your Online Health Records? Google, Microsoft and other providers of Web-based services for managing health care information promise to keep it secure, but privacy policies vary from site to site.

Medical Identity Theft

  1. Correcting Misinformation on Medical Records: The Identity Theft Resource Center offers this fact sheet on medical identity theft.
  2. Data Breaches and Medical identity Theft on the Rise: This article, provided by HealthcareTechnologyNet, provides insight into this problem.
  3. Medical Identity Theft: The Federal Trade Commission offers information and resources to prevent and remedy medical identity theft.
  4. Medical identity theft: This article, provided by the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, provides popular scams and solutions.
  5. Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud: This information is offered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.
  6. Medical Identity Theft: It Can Kill — What Every Consumer Needs to Know: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Cosumer Protection offers some solid advice.
  7. Medical Identity Theft Web site: Use this site to learn more about prevention, resources and expert advice about medical ID theft.
  8. Medical Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself: This story from ABC Good Morning America is enlightening and informative.
  9. The Medical Identity Theft Information Page: The World Privacy Forum offers resources for readers to help avoid medical identity theft.

Know Your Rights

  1. Breaches of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: This site contains links to information that ranges from informed consent to failed diagnosis and gross negligence.
  2. Center for Medical Consumers: This site is committed to broadening public awareness about the safety and quality problems that pervade America’s medical care.
  3. HIPAA, HiTech & HIT: This law office covers legal issues, developments and other pertinent information relating to electronic health records, or EHR.
  4. Medical Records: The ‘Lectric Law Library offers a brief and easy-to-understand rundown on medical record privacy and the law.
  5. Medical records: Disclosing confidential clinical information: The Psychiatrist offers insight into patient confidentiality and the law.
  6. Patient Access to Medical Records: This report identifies and explains state law on patient access to medical records in a question and answer format.
  7. Patient-Centered Guides: Use this site to learn more about your rights and about other resources geared specifically toward certain diseases.
  8. Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online: This guide has been developed to act as your starting point for finding every type of online self-help support group that is available.
  9. Smart Patient Guide: Family Doctor offers numerous guides for patients to learn how to manage healthcare.
  10. Speak Up Initiatives: The Joint Commission provides “Speak Up” information for patients to help them talk with medical professionals.
  11. Thomas, Legislative Information on the Internet: Information from the United States Congress on the latest legislative activity, provided in a searchable format by the Library of Congress.

Organizations

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians: The AAFP offers a variety of information about public policy, including patient confidentiality.
  2. American College of Physicians: ACP Committees are involved in policy development, education, career development, and more.
  3. American Health Information Management Association: AHIMA is a health information management (HIM) professional association over 59,000 members strong.
  4. American Medical Association: AMA members nationwide are committed to the highest standards in patient care, practice management and professionalism.
  5. Medical Information Bureau: MIB is a data bank used by insurance companies. Use the “consumers” tab at top to learn more about your privacy.
  6. National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse: This is the nation’s first national consumer technical assistance center.
  7. National Patient Advicate Foundation: NPAF is a national non-profit organization providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels.
  8. Office for Civil Rights: Civil Rights help to protect you from unfair treatment or discrimination, because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (gender), or religion.
  9. Patient Advocate Foundation: You can find professional case managers and attorneys here who advocate on behalf of patients experiencing numerous issues.
  10. Public Citizen Health and Safety: Public Citizen’s work in health and safety has focused on protecting consumers by advocating for stronger physician accountability.
  11. PULSE: Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors works to improve patient safety and to reduce the rate of medical errors using real life stories and experiences.
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25 Useful Online Games for Health Educators http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/25-useful-online-games-for-health-educators/ Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:43:00 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=420 Continue reading ]]> One of the career paths you can take with a Master of Health Administration degree is to help educate others. With all that we are learning about the body, and with technology, it is fairly easy to fulfill your duties as an educator. Indeed, health educators can influence children and adults to engage in healthier habits. If you want to make it fun, you can use games to help teach health concepts. Here are 25 useful games for health educators to use:

Nutrition

Keep your students on the right nutrition track with help from games that educate them as they play. Teach solid nutrition principles, and help students develop habits that can serve them well throughout their lives.

  1. Food Fury: Create chains of related foods using the tiles. You need to be fast, so that you can beat the timer. Levels become progressively hard. A fun way to learn about food, and how it relates to other foods.
  2. Brain Gain: This is a more advanced game that focuses on healthy foods, and understanding portion size. You answer questions, and find out if you are right. You get extra points for answering questions faster. A fun way to test your knowledge of good nutrition.
  3. Tell the Tooth: Learn about healthy snacks. This game from Colgate focuses on helping you choose snacks that are better for your teeth. Stay away from the high sugar snacks!
  4. Nutrition Sleuth: This fun game helps you learn more about nutrition. Identify the missing nutrient to help the detective get to the bottom of poor nutrition. A good way to learn how to take better care of your body.
  5. Combo Kitchen: Learn about combination foods, and learn about their impact on health and nutrition. A fun way to learn about nutrition, and how to create healthy meals.
  6. Mission Nutrition: Take this nutrition challenge to learn more about healthy choices. You can look inside a refrigerator and in the cabinets to find food that will help your body be healthy and strong.
  7. MyPyramid Blast Off Game: The USDA offers a fun game designed to help kids learn about the Food Pyramid. Learn how the right fuel can launch your rocket to Planet Power.
  8. Drop & Catch: Learn about how you can avoid saturated fat. This game is about catching the fruits and vegetables and avoiding the stuff that makes you unhealthy.

Exercise

Another important component of health is physical fitness. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. You can use games to help children and others learn more about the benefits and importance of physical fitness.

  1. Fat Pants Game: Learn about how you can keep the weight off. Answer a few questions, and test your ability to be committed to exercising right and losing weight.
  2. Health and Fitness Quizzes: Learn about health and proper fitness. Answer questions and get points a great way to learn more about better fitness.
  3. Fitness Dash: You need Windows to play this game, but it is a fun way to learn about fitness, and test your knowledge of good practices.
  4. Fitness Challenge: Learn about fitness, proper exercise, and what you can do to be healthier. A cool fitness challenge that gets you involved.
  5. Fitness Frenzy: Learn more about taking good care of your body with the help of physical exercise. Fitness frenzy will educate you while you have fun.
  6. Weight Watchers: Interestingly, it is possible to turn Weight Watchers into an online role playing game. Here is an interesting look at how to do this — and lose weight.
  7. Kalorie King Weight Loss Game: Learn about how to burn off those calories with this game. Also includes information on avoiding high calorie foods.
  8. Sports Crafts: Create cool crafts related to different sports. A cool way to get interested in physical activity and sports.

Learn About the Body

Understanding how the body works, and what its different systems accomplish is very helpful. It can provide students with a number of desirable insights. These games are educational and fun.

  1. Match a Muscle: This cool game from Anatomy Arcade offers a look at different muscles in the body, and lets you use a matching game to learn more about the muscular system. Anatomy Arcade also offers a number of other cool games that can help you learn about the body.
  2. Water and Your Digestive System: See the parts of the digestive system, and see how water travels through it, with help from this fun game from the National Institutes of Health. A good primer on the digestive system, and how it works.
  3. Neuro-Jeopardy: Learn about the nervous system with help from this fun game. Great Jeopardy! style way to learn about what goes on in the brain, and how the brain controls the body.
  4. Skeletal System Game: Learn the different bones in the skeletal system. Fill them in and see whether you are right. A great click and drag game. See how fast you can fill in the blanks to label all the parts of the skeleton correctly.
  5. Neuron Navigator: This game takes you through the development of a neuron. A great way to learn about how the connections in your brain are made. See what neurons look like, and help them grow.
  6. Sail the Circulatory System: Learn about how the heart pumps blood through the body with this cool game. Watch out, though! If you don’t get the oxygen to where it needs to go, your sailing trip will end rather abruptly.
  7. Respiratory System: This educational game times you as you look at different areas of the respiratory system. A great way to learn how this system works, and how we breathe. You can even customize the game to suit your needs.
  8. Discover the Human Body: Explore different parts and systems in the human body. A fun activity and interactive way to learn.
  9. Medical Jargon: This advanced game is more for teens and adults. The idea is to learn medical jargon, and get a better understanding of what different health words mean. A great way to learn more about the body — and about caring for it. Compare your scores with others.
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25 Enlightening Studies and Infographics on Obesity in America http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/25-enlightening-studies-and-infographics-on-obesity-in-america/ http://www.masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/25-enlightening-studies-and-infographics-on-obesity-in-america/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:00:32 +0000 http://masterofhealthadministration.com/?p=404 Continue reading ]]> When it comes to public health, there are few scourges with the profile of obesity. With obesity increasingly becoming an issue in America, it is little surprise that health professionals and advocates are concerned about obesity. Many consider obesity in America a true public health risk, due to the diseases connected to obesity, as well as the costs associated with obesity. Here are 25 enlightening studies and infographics about obesity in America:

Adult Obesity

Many adults in the United States are obese. These studies and infographics address the issue of overweight adults.

  1. The United States of Obesity 2009: Get an idea of what America looks like in terms of obesity. A great infographic that breaks down the fattest states in the U.S., and learn facts about obesity in America.
  2. F as in Fat 2009: This study looks at obesity in America, and the increasing rates. It also looks at the failure of anti-obesity policies to stave off the epidemic.
  3. Nutritional and other influences in childhood as predictors of adult obesity: What you do as a child, even if you are not an obese child, can point to whether or not you are obese as an adult.
  4. Causes and consequences of adult obesity: health, social and economic impacts in the United States: Learn more about adult obesity in general, and view it through a variety of lenses.
  5. Adult obesity: An overview of the problem of adult obesity, as well as information about health habits in America.

Childhood Obesity

Concerns about obesity in children are on the rise. With lifestyles today, more and more children are overweight — threatening to create health problems as they grow up.

  1. Childhood Obesity: Learn more about the growth in childhood obesity. This infographic offers information on the growth of childhood obesity from 1976 to 2000. It’s only grown since then.
  2. Childhood Obesity: The Health Issue: Get a solid understanding of the health issue of childhood obesity, and its implications for the future.
  3. Childhood obesity: public-health crisis, common sense cure: Addresses the issue of childhood obesity and its status as a public health crisis. Also looks at possible solutions that could lead to an improved situation.
  4. Cross-national comparison of childhood obesity: A look at childhood obesity in America, as well as comparing America’s numbers to an international standards. Looks at socioeconomic risk factors and other issues that may contribute to childhood obesity.
  5. Defining obesity in childhood: current practice: When is a child considered obese, anyway? This enlightening paper looks at obesity, and children, and looks at the metrics used to measure obesity, and helps us define what childhood obesity is.
  6. Childhood Obesity: Trends and Potential Causes: An interesting study looking at trends in childhood obesity, and pinpointing possible causes of the epidemic. An interesting approach to following childhood obesity.

Causes of Obesity

There are a number of risk factors associated with obesity. Understanding where obesity comes from is a step in the right direction.

  1. Causes of Obesity: This infographic illustrates the different risk factors associated with obesity. Learn what can cause obesity, and see what you can do to decrease your chances of becoming obese.
  2. Overweight and Obesity: Prevalence, Consequences, and Causes of a Growing Public Health Problem: Takes a look the growing health concern that is obesity. Pays attention to the causes of obesity, and what can be done to prevent them in order to slow this public health problem.
  3. Do We Fatten Our Children at the Television Set? Obesity and Television Viewing in Children and Adolescents: One of the causes of obesity might be a sedentary lifestyle. This study looks at the connection between watching a large amount of television and the likelihood of obesity, especially among children.
  4. Obesity and socioeconomic status: A framework for examining relationships between physical and social variables: Obesity isn’t always just about eating junk food and not getting exercise. Some studies also point out that economic opportunity can be a risk factor. A look at whether or not some people can actually afford being healthy.

Obesity Related Diseases

There are a number of diseases and health concerns related to obesity. Find out what other problems can result when you are obese.

  1. Medical Complications of Obesity: Obesity isn’t just about carrying some extra weight. There are a number of medical conditions and costs that come with obesity. This infographic shows you some of the other areas of the body affected by obesity.
  2. American Heart Association Call to Action: Obesity as a Major Risk Factor for Coronary Heart Disease: If you are obese, you are at an increased risk for coronary heart disease. This study looks at the medical and scientific case for the link between obesity and heart disease.
  3. The Continuing Epidemics of Obesity and Diabetes in the United States: This study published in the Journal of the America Medical Association looks at the connection between obesity and diabetes. An interesting look at the continued rise of obesity — and diabetes — in America.
  4. Obesity, fat distribution, and weight gain as risk factors for clinical diabetes in men: Learn about how obesity likely contributes to diabetes in the male population. A good look at the way fat plays a role in diabetes.
  5. Overweight, obesity and cancer: epidemiological evidence and proposed mechanisms: Provides an overview of the different cancers that can be caused by obesity, and looks at the mechanisms that lead from obesity to cancer.

Cost of Obesity

Diseases related to obesity are expensive. There are a number of costs related to obesity. It is important to recognize the costs so that steps can be taken to reduce them.

  1. Obesity and the Workplace: This interesting infographic shows how obesity can cost someone who is overweight. It shows salary decreases due to obesity, as well as other costs.
  2. The economics of obesity: dietary energy density and energy cost: Learn about how obesity works on an economic level, including a look at costs to the poor.
  3. National Medical Spending Attributable to Overweight And Obesity: How Much, And Who’s Paying?: Consider how much money is spent as a result of obesity, and find out who is footing the bill.
  4. Economic costs of obesity: A stark look at how much obesity costs the economy of the United States each year.
  5. Will All Americans Become Overweight or Obese? Estimating the Progression and Cost of the US Obesity Epidemic: A somewhat frightening look at the way obesity is progressing in the U.S., along with a projection of how much it will cost society and the economy.
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